Bush’s Career-Best 28 Points Highlights 108-75 Stomping Of Royals
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – In their second game of the season, Bryan College men’s basketball hosted NCCAA opponent Johnson University and narrowly escaped with a 73-67 victory and on Wednesday night the Royals had the chance for a rematch with the Lions on their home court. Little did they anticipate Bryan’s remarkable 61.9 percent shooting in the game, including a 50 percent effort behind the arc and a staggering 21-of-27 foul shots made.
Despite the Lions clawing their way to a 50 percent showing from the floor in the opening half as well as connecting on 6-of-13 from three-point territory, the Royals managed to keep close tabs on the visitors as Bryan led by just one point at halftime, 47-46. The second half was the difference maker when the Lions went on the attack, claimed the lead, and then never looked back as they routed Johnson in the latter period 61-29 en route to an impressive 108-75 final. Bryan has eclipsed the century mark only one other time this year.
Bryan’s extraordinary offensive display was spearheaded by EJ Bush who turned in a career-high 28 points, draining 12 of his 17 shot attempts. He also corralled seven rebounds to help the Lions win the boards battle 39-29. He was followed by Brice Cusick who registered 23 points after shooting 7-of-13, 3-of-7 from the perimeter, and 6-of-7 at the foul line. Cusick’s efforts resulted in his second-highest scoring game of the season. His eight rebounds were a team-high. 18 points were produced by Oteriah Lee who went 6-of-11 in the game, an efficient 3-of-4 from deep, and 3-of-4 on free throws. He led all players in the assists column with five and also grabbed five rebounds. Two other players saw scoring reach double-figures; Isaiah McClain and Luke Janney helped tack on 10 points apiece. McClain hit a perfect 3-of-3 in the game and went 4-of-4 at the foul line, while Janney stunned the onlookers in his first action this season sinking all four of his shots with a pair coming from outside. Justin Warner totaled a season-high eight points, Terrance Scales chipped in seven points, and both Clay Hertel and Riley Dempsey each finished with two points, respectively.
For the game, Johnson shot 37.9 percent and was 33.3 percent from downtown. The loss moved the Royals to 5-11, while the Lions jumped to 10-8 overall.
Up next for the Bryan, Allen University (S.C.) comes to Summers Gymnasium for an Appalachian Athletic Conference showdown this weekend. The Lions and Yellow Jackets tipoff at 4pm this Saturday, Jan. 13.