Berea, KY- After nearly a week off, the Mountaineers returned to the Roland Wierwille Court as they continue their quest for a bid to the 2016 USCAA Basketball National Championship. Tonight's game against USCAA Division II opponent the University of Cincinnati-Clermont, was billed as the Green Game, the annual carbon neutral game. Berea came into the contest tied for ninth in the Division I polls.
The Cougars scored the first six points of the game before the Mountaineers came out of the gates running, scoring 10 consecutive points to take 10-6 lead with 13:05 left in the first half. Two technical fouls on UC-Clermont aided Berea in pushing their lead out to their first double digit lead of the game, 18-8, which the team held for the rest of the game. USCAA leading scorer Richard Parker's three point play with 5:45 left in the first half gave Berea a 25 point lead. Berea went into the locker room for the intermission leading 50-26.
The offensive clinic continued in the second half for the Mountaineers as the team continued to push out their lead and the defense held the Cougars offense to just six points through the 14:57 mark, holding a 63-32 lead. The defense continued to hold and Parker's layup with 11:03 remaining in the game extended the Berea lead to 41 points, 73-32. Berea used a Lukas Carman layup and Austin Glasgow three point shot to take an 84-37 lead with 5:13 remaining on the clock. The Mountaineers defense held the UC-Clermont to just 17 points in the second half and went on to collect the win 95-43. Pacing the way for the Mountaineers on the scoring end was Parker with 27, his tenth game with 25 points or more. Helping with scoring for Berea was Anthony Myrks with 18, who also finished with five assists and five steals, and Corey Wise with 12. Leading the way on the glass for the Blue Crew was Dyllan Harper and Tyler Huff with seven each. Berea shot an impressive 52% from the field for the game.
The Mountaineers, with a 13-7 record, return to the road tomorrow afternoon when they travel to Knoxville, TN to face the Johnson University Royals. The game is set to begin at 4:00 PM and the action can be seen here.