Rams win Bridgewater College Classic for 4th and 5th straight wins
Rams currently sit a top the AAC in 1st place
Sports Information Department BC
December 12, 2011
Bluefield College Athletics
Sports Information Department
Bridgewater, Va.- The Bluefield College men's basketball team collected three all-tournament honors and tournament MVP this past weekend at the Bridgewater College Classic as the Rams dominated the competition with two weekend victories.
Life is good for Coach Morgan and his team right now, as the Rams are holding onto a 5-game winning streak ahead of two tough NCAA Division II opponents before Bluefield goes into the Christmas holiday break.
The Rams opened the weekend off with a convincing 93-63 win over Eastern Mennonite on Friday evening as Bluefield had a balanced offensive attack, as Wilson led all scorers with 22 points, and 5-5 from behind the three-point line.
Bluefield then had to turn around and play host Bridgewater College on Saturday afternoon and had much of the same contribution.
BC scored 62 points in the second half on 58 percent shooting to run away from Bridgewater College, 103-65, in the BC/Don Glick Classic.
The Eagles stayed with the high-scoring Rams for the first half and trailed by just nine at the break.
Bluefield then hit the Eagles with a 12-1 run and never trailed again.
The Eagles pulled to within three, 16-13, on a layup by Aaron Adams but Bluefield quickly pushed the lead back to double digits with an 11-4 run to take a 27-17 lead.
The lead hovered around the 10-point mark for the rest of the half before Benaiah Wise connected on a layup at the buzzer to pull the Eagles within nine, 41-32, at the half.
The Eagles were unable to slow down the Rams in the second half as the visitors hit 8-of-13 3-points shots in the final 20 minutes. When Bluefield wasn't connecting fromt he perimeter, big man Byron Carpenter was dominating the paint as the Rams pulled away for the victory.
Carpenter, named the Classic's MVP, finished the game with 32 points on 11-of-15 shooting. He also pulled down a game-high nine rebounds. Guards Kearsten Marion and Andrew Wilson joined Carpenter on the all-tournament team. Marion scored 17 points and Wilson added 10.
The Rams finished the tournament 2-0 and hold a winning record at 8-7. BC will travel to Carson-Newman on Friday in Johnson City, Tenn. for a 2:00pm matchup. The Rams will return home at Bluefield to host University of Charleston next Monday.
Credit: portions of story from Bridgewater Sports Info