Rams win big on the road at Bryan 80-56
Rams get 2nd straight win to gain upper-hand late in the conference polls
Sports Information Department BC
February 13, 2012
Bluefield College Athletics
Sports Information Department
Dayton, Tenn.- The men's basketball connected early and often from the floor as the Rams cruised past Bryan College on the road for a 80-56 win to win their second straight to move to 10-5 in the AAC.
The contest was a bit more lopsided than their recent victory at home versus Montreat, yet Bluefield didn't let Bryan get back into the game.
The Rams started the game off extremely hot, hitting on five of six consecutive shots giving them a 15-2 lead within the first five minutes.
Bluefield extended its lead throughout the first half as five players made three-pointers including Marion and Wilson to begin the game. At the 5:45 mark in the half, M'bala also got in the mix by hitting a pair of three-point attempts. He would be over-done as Byron Carpenter also drained an unexpected three as the buzzer ran out at the half.
The Rams led 40-22 on the Lions, as Bryan struggled from the floor going just 9 for 26 from the field. The Rams also caused ten turnovers on Bryan resulting in 14 points off the turnovers.
The second half was more of the same for Bluefield College. The Rams learned a lesson in their last contest, where they allowed Montreat to gain slight momentum and cut a huge deficit into a small lead for Bluefield, even though the Rams finished them off. This time around, Bluefield didn't let off the pedal. It also helped the Rams shot 50% from the floor in the second frame going 14 for 28.
The Rams never seemed to have trouble with Bryan College on the away series matchup, while BC struggled to get the win at home earlier in the year. (Bluefield won 68-67) A second-half performance on Saturday by the entire team helped Bluefield extend their double-digit lead over the Lions.
Coach Morgan's side got their largest lead as the final whistle blew with a 24-point margin. Bluefield got solid shooting performances by Wilson (25) and Carpenter (23) while also getting help from M'bala and Marion who added 12 and 11 points respectively. The 80-56 win was Bluefield's 11th double-digit win of the season.
The Rams move to 17-13 overall and reach double-digit wins in AAC play at 10-5. Bluefield will await Virginia Intermont as they face the Cobras on Wednesday night in Bluefield. The Rams will look to move to 11-5 in the conference with a chance to grab the 2nd place spot in the final AAC standings.
Bluefield may not necessarily 'need' the win, but the win would help secure the 2nd spot. Reinhardt University currently sits in 2nd place with a 10-4 record with two conference games to play. If RU was to lose both, and Bluefield lost to VI- they would finish with identical conference records. Furthermore, their head-to-head matchups are even as they both have beaten one another this season.
If Bluefield can get the win and Reinhardt loses both contests, BC will catapult into the 2nd place position. Regardless of a 2nd or 3rd place finish, Bluefield will host a first-round conference tournament game; either against the 6th or 7th place team. There's no statistical way Bluefield cannot move below the 3rd place position.
The regular season for the Rams will be on Wednesday night against Virginia Intermont at 7:30pm EST at the dome gymnasium.