Wilberforce, OH- The men's basketball team, moving up one spot to #6 in the most recent USCAA Division I Men's Basketball Coaches Poll, rode a seven game winning streak when they traveled to Wilberforce University this afternoon.
The game saw Wilberforce race out to a 7-2 lead before a jump shot from Richard Parker sparked a streak of ten straight points, with baskets coming from Corey Wise, Parker and Anthony Myrks-Brewer to lead 12-7. After a three-point basket from Wilberforce cut Berea's lead to just two, an 8-1 run put the Mountaineers ahead by nine points, 20-11. Berea's lead dwindled to one point over the next couple of minutes before Parker's three-point basket put the team ahead by four, 25-21. The offense for the Mountaineers went stagnant for the remaining 5:00 minutes of the first half as the team went into the locker room trailing 42-27.
As the minutes ticked down in the second half, a pair of free throws from Myrks-Brewer pulled Berea within 11 points of the lead, 47-36. Parker's three-point basket at the 11:42 mark brought the deficit back to single digits, making the score 59-51. The Mountaineers pulled within six points of the lead off a split pair of free throws from Wise but the team was unable to complete the comeback attempt as Wilberforce won the game by a final score of 89-70, snapping Berea's winning streak at seven.
Parker, the second leading scorer in the USCAA, finished with a team-high 28 points, including six made three-point baskets. Myrks-Brewer led the Mountaineers in assists with six while Terique Miller finished as the leader on the boards with six. Wise also finished in double-figure scoring with 14 points.
Berea (9-4) returns to home for their next game, as they welcome Kentucky Christian University to the Seabury Center on Tuesday. Action is slated to begin at 7:00 PM on the Roland Wierwille Court.