Bryan Lions triumphant over St Andrews Knights


Bryan Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams hosted Saint Andrews from Florida on Saturday afternoon.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Bryan Lions

First game of the afternoon would be the Lions against Saint Andrews, a team Bryan had defeated earlier in the year by a 58-55 margin.  After a close loss to Truett-McConnell on Wednesday night, the Lions looked to get back on the winning track.  Bryan came into the game 5-4 in Conference play and was looking to move up into the top portion of the standings in the Appalachian Athletic Conference.

Saint Andrews scored the first six points of the game and maintained the lead until Bryan leveled the score 26-26 with 3:08 left in the half.   Saint Andrews had the lead at halftime 31-29.  It took Bryan until 16:15 was let in the second half to tie the visiting Knights at 36-36.  The score was tied again at 39-39 with 10:02 left in the game.  From here the Lions went on a run to take the score up to 51-41.  The run began on a Brandon Cole three point basket and he and Bryan Landers accounted for all 12 points in the Bryan run and ended with a steal by Landers and two free throws with 3:10 left in the game.   Bryan held the lead the rest of the game and won 59-52.

Inside the numbers

For the game Bryan shot 32.7% from the field against 39.6% for St. Andrews and 25.9 % vs 30.8 % from the three point range.  Rebounds and turnovers were close.  One big stat was the 18 free throws for Bryan vs 6 for Saint Andrews.  Bryan was led by Brandon Cole with 20 points and 13 rebounds.  Other contributors were Troino and Landers with 11 and 10 points.  Terrell Maryland had 8 rebounds for Bryan.  “This was a good win to give our team a chance to be in the top 4 of the Conference.  I think we are playing well and can improve going forth”.  Bryan now stands at 6-4 in Conference Play and 10-10 overall with 8 Conference games to play.

Bryan will be on the road Wednesday night against Virginia Intermont in a 7:30 PM tilt.   Bryan next home game will be against Berea College from Berea, Kentucky on Friday at 7:00 PM.

Lady Lions

The Bryan Women came into the Saturday game with an 8-2 record and tied with Tennessee Wesleyan and Union College.  Bryan began well with a 9-0 run to start the game.  Over the next few minutes the Lady Knights narrowed the lead to 15-11 when Fulcher hit a basket for the Lady Knights with 9:48 left in the first half.  From this point the Lady Lions went on a 5-0 run to take a 20-11 lead with 6:21 left in the half.  Bryan maintained the lead and it was 27-19 at the halftime juncture.

In the second half Bryan pushed the lead to 37-24 on a basket by Kristin Lane with 12:25 left in the game.  Bryan increased the lead to 19 with 6:52 to go and maintained a double digit lead the rest of the game and the final score was 58-42.  Bryan shot 38.3% from the field won the rebounding battle against the Lady Knights 50-38.  Kristin Lane led the way for Bryan with 15 points and 19 rebounds.  Also scoring in double digits was Victoria Griffin with 12 points on 6 of 11 shooting from the field.  Bryan continues to be in a three way tie with Union and Tennessee Wesleyan with identical 9-2 Conference records.

Bryan will be on the road against Virginia Intermont on Wednesday at 5:30 pm.

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