Berea, KY- The men's basketball team opened their season this evening on the Roland Wierwille Court at the Seabury Center. The team welcomed the visiting Johnson University Royals.
Berea scored the first six points in the game and soon raced out to a 9-2 lead in the opening minutes. With the score in favor of the Mountaineers 9-7, the aid of nine points from Richard Parker allowed Berea to go on a 21-2 run to extend their lead out to 30-9. The lead dwindled though as the Royals used back-to-back-to-back three point shots to cut the lead to just nine points, 34-25. The advantage for the Mountaineers was cut to just five at the 4:11 mark, 35-30, before five straight points from Anthony Myrks helped give Berea a 40-33 lead. The defense of the Mountaineers only allowed two points over the last 2:50 of the first half to help Berea head to the locker room with a 44-35 lead on the scoreboard.
After exchanging baskets to begin the second half, Myrks jump shot less than five minutes into the half gave the Mountaineers a double digit advantage, 57-47. A 14-2 run, helped by two Terique Miller three point shots, gave Berea a 71-49 lead with 11:35 remaining in the game. Corey Wise's jump shot at the 7:07 mark pushed the team's advantage to 80-58 and the strong defense picked up as the Mountaineers went on to win the season opener 99-68. Berea outscored the Royals 55-33 in the second half.
Four of the five Mountaineers starters finished in double figures, led by Parker's 25 points. Wise and Jair Jackson finished tied in rebounds with 10 each, including five offensive rebounds from Jackson. Myrks was the team leader in assists with seven while also finishing as the leader in steals with five. The defense for Berea forced 21 turnovers.
The team travels to Crestview Hills, KY to compete in the Coach Jim Connor Classic hosted by Thomas More College. Their first game of the classic is Friday, November 18th at 5:30 PM against Berry College.