Hot Shooting Second Half Leads to Mountaineer Victory Over Warren Wilson

Hot Shooting Second Half Leads to Mountaineer Victory Over Warren Wilson

It had been eight days, one postponement and one cancelation since the Mountaineers had last laced up in competition.  Game day finally arrived in the form of a rescheduled contest with the Owls of Warren Wilson College.  The USCAA Division II's seventh ranked team were determined to provide a challenge to their Division I and second ranked counterparts.

The layoff was evident from early in the half, as BC struggled in nearly all phases of the game.  As rusty as the Mountaineers appeared the Owls were the opposite as they looked sharp in their ball handling and movement away from the basket.  That precision would lead to an eight point lead with 7:00 remaining in the game.  BC would rally, using its defense and long distance precision to regain the lead 35-34 on a Richard Parker 3-pointer with 1:15 left on the clock.  The Owls would answer on the final possession of the half to send BC to the locker room facing a half-time deficit for only the fourth time at home all season. 

The second half looked to be a continued see-saw battle with each team scoring on their own possession.  That all changed about five minutes into the half, when Berea got red hot while the Owls went ice cold.  Dominique Garmon sparked an epic run of three-pointers nailing two threes sandwiching a three by Parker that gave BC as 56-45 lead.  The Mountaineers would hold the Owls scoreless until they made a three-pointer with 6:21 left in the game.  Parker would polish off a four-point play to give BC a 29 point lead with 3:11 left in the contest. 

Berea was led by Garmon who scored a season high 19 points on 6-9 shooting including five from long range.  Parker and Seth Beckham both shot extremely well on the afternoon.  Parker going 6-8, (4-6) from long distance and did not miss a shot in the second-half to score 17 points.  Beckham also dropped in 17 points going 6-7, and also was perfect in the second half.  Daishon Robinson nearly had a triple double, finishing with team highs in assists – seven - and rebounds – nine - to go along with eight points.

The Mountaineers (19-4) return to action on Tuesday, February 24 when they host one of the NCCAA's (National Christian College Athletic Association) elite teams in Ohio Christian University.  The Trailblazers are the defending NCCAA Division II National Champions and are currently ranked number one.  It will be senior night for the Mountaineers as Daishon Robinson, Jalen Simmons, Aaron Ponder, London Moore, and Tevin Webster play their final game in the Seabury Center.