Circleville, OH- With Winter Storm Jonas looming, the men's basketball team traveled to Circleville, OH hoping to extend their winning streak to five. Today's opponent was the Ohio Christian University Trailblazers.
The first half started as a back and forth affair between the two teams as neither team could push out to a high lead, with the highest advantage belonging to OCU at three points at the 17:54 mark. The Mountaineers saw the Trailblazers take a nine point lead at the 10:13 mark before the combination of Corey Wise's three point play and Tyler Huff's two point basket decreased the deficit to four, 23-19 with 6:30 left in the half. OCU used an 8-3 run over the remainder of the half to go into the intermission with a 31-22 lead.
Berea began the second half by cutting into the halftime deficit, getting it down to five points when Richard Parker hit a shot outside the arc at the 17:58 to make the score 33-28. OCU held the Mountaineers scoreless over their next two offensive trips and pushed their lead out to double digits, taking a 10 point lead with 16:03 remaining. The score continued to stay on the side of the Trailblazers until the Mountaineers slowly began cutting into the lead, beginning around the 6:15 mark. With 4:00 left to play, Parker's three point basket cut the OCU lead to two, before two Anthony Myrks free throws tied the game at 51 with 3:29 left to play. Huff gave the team their first lead since the 15:24 mark of the first half with a two point basket with 2:38 left in the game. Berea looked like they were going to walk away with the win, leading 58-55 lead with 17 seconds left, but OCU made a three-pointer at the buzzer to send the game into overtime. The Trailblazers carried the momentum of the buzzer beater into overtime and went on to win the game 70-60. Wise led the way for Mountaineers in scoring with 20, 14 of which came in the first half. Also scoring in double digits for Berea were Parker (15) and Huff (13). Myrks led the way on the boards for the Mountaineers with 10.
The loss moves the team's record to 11-6 and snaps their four game winning streak. The team returns to the road to take on rival Asbury University in Wilmore, KY on Thursday, January 28th. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 PM.