Demorest, GA- The men's basketball returned to the court this evening within a couple of hours of the most recent edition of the USCAA Men's Basketball Division I polls coming out, ranking as the ninth best team. The team traveled to play against future USA South Conference opponent, the Piedmont College Lions.
Two layups from Anthony Myrks-Brewer and a jump shot from Terique Miller gave Berea the first six points of the game to take a 6-0 lead. Piedmont quickly came back into the game, scoring the next five points to cut the Mountaineers' advantage to one. A free throw from Richard Parker and two jump shots from Corey Wise pushed Berea ahead 11-5. The game became tied at the 13:45 mark at 11 each but the tie broke in favor of the Mountaineers off two Wise free throws before a Lions three-point basket gave them a one point lead 14-13. Berea regained the lead on an 8-0 run to take their largest lead of the game of seven, 21-14. The Mountaineers advantage disappeared as Piedmont went on a 12-3 run to move ahead 26-24 with 5:27 remaining in the first half. Berea saw themselves down by six points before Myrks-Brewer three-point basket cut the lead in half, making the score 32-29. After a Lions triple, Wise scored four straight points to pull the Mountaineers within two points of the lead, 35-33, before heading to the locker room trailing by a score of 37-33.
Trailing by five points with 17:21 remaining in the game, Parker's three-point jump shot along with Myrks-Brewer layup tied the game 41-41. The Mountaineers were unable to break the tie as Piedmont pushed out to a 50-44 before Miller hit a three-point basket to pull the Mountaineers back to within three points of the lead, 50-47. A Dyonta Bizzle-Brown dunk off a pass from Miller cut the lead to just one point as Berea looked to overtake the lead. A jump shot from the Lions gave them a three point cushion before another Bizzle-Brown basket made the score 52-51 in favor of Piedmont. After a Wise layup made the score 55-53, the Lions went on a 14-4 scoring rally to give them a double-digit advantage, 69-57. The Mountaineers were unable to overcome the deficit and went on to fall 78-65.
Wise led the team in scoring and rebounding, finishing with 23 points and 11 rebounds to complete his second double-double of the season. Myrks-Brewer and Bizzle-Brown added 17 points and 10 points, respectively.
Berea (9-6) returns to the Seabury Center when they host Ohio Mid-Western College on Monday. Action is slated to begin at 7:00 PM on the Roland Wierwille Court.