Bryan Students Graduate with Lower Debt, Says Ranking

Lowest Debt BurdenDecember 15, 2015 – In a recent ranking released by Christian Universities Online, Bryan College placed an astounding no. 2 in “Top 50 Christian Colleges & Universities with the Lowest Debt Burden 2016.”

According to Christian Universities Online, this newest ranking “seeks to provide useful data to parents and students who are endeavoring to make an informed decision in choosing the best Christian institution to meet their needs.”

“Understanding that the long term impact which student loan debt can have on a graduate, this ranking attempts to highlight schools that have done an excellent job in caring for their students not only academically, but also financially,” the ranking’s website says.

Vice President of Finance and Enrollment Rick Taphorn noted, “Bryan College is an institution that not only provides students with an excellent education from a biblical worldview, but also does so while empowering students to graduate with a lower debt than many other Christian colleges and universities. We are honored to receive this ranking, which reflects this fact.”

This ranking’s methodology took into account public data from U.S. News & World Report and required schools to be members or member eligible of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU). Bryan has been included in Christian Universities Online’s “Most Affordable” ranking for two consecutive years.

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Bryan College Now Accepts CLT as Third Entrance Exam

December 9img_0780, 2016 – Bryan College announced that it will now begin accepting the Classic Learning Test (CLT) as a third entrance exam for prospective students.

“We are proud to accept the CLT as another option for our students,” said Joshua Hood, Director of Admissions at Bryan College. “The test designers created a very robust exam comparable to better known assessments; it’s very affordable and easily accessible with several test dates already published.”  

The CLT exam was designed by the Classic Learning Initiatives (CLI) to focus on classical learning objectives and to offer students an alternative to the SAT and ACT exams. The literary and mathematical questions on the CLT draw on the ideas of some of the greatest minds in Western history.

To date, Bryan College is the first and only college in Tennessee that accepts the CLT for admission acceptance.

Testing is offered five times a year with Bryan College available as an approved testing site. The test is taken online in the presence of a proctor and offers students immediate results upon completion.

“We are thrilled to offer to students the option of a standardized test which recognizes their values,” said Dr. Kevin Clauson, Vice President of Academics. “This is simply an extension of our goals to stand firm on the Word of God, teach a biblically-based Christian Worldview, and recognize the foundations of Western Civilization.”

Upcoming CLT Test Dates in 2017:

January 7 (register by December 31, 2016)

March 18 (register by March 8)

May 20 (register by May 10)

To register for the CLT exam, please visit here. For more information about this exam, please visit here.


Written by Curtis Jolley, Social Media and Communications Coordinator

Levi Nets Career-High 31 Points, Lions Blow Past Columbia 86-45

amber-leviDecember 7, 2016 – Bryan College sophomore guard and former Rhea County High School Golden Eagles standout, Amber Levi, hit 6-of-9 in three-point territory, shot 9-of-13 from the field, and was 7-of-8 at the foul line for a career-high 31 points in helping the Bryan Lions Women’s Basketball team steamroll fellow Appalachian Athletic Conference opponent Columbia College (S.C.) at home Wednesday night 86-45. The win raised Bryan’s overall record to 3-6 and conference record to 2-4, while dropping Columbia to 2-7 overall and 1-5 in the AAC.

It was a balanced effort by the Lions in one of their most notable performances of the year as they forced the Koalas into difficult looks that resulted in a 25.8 percent shooting percentage for the game and 33.3 percent behind the arc while piecing together their own 39.2 percent from the floor and connecting an impressive 52 percent from deep.

Bryan outrebounded Columbia 47-40 with assistance from Megan Billingsby who corralled a game-high nine misses, Brandi Whitted who snagged six, Levi who followed with five, and four apiece by Tonesha Allison, Marlee Sells, and Erisha Talley. The Lions did well in keeping possession and minimizing turnovers to only 10 while tallying 14 steals, three blocks, and causing the Koalas to turn the ball over a total of 24 times.

Billingsby was one rebound shy of her fourth double-double this season as she registered nine rebounds, 14 points, and four assists. She was 5-of-12 shooting and 2-of-5 from the three-point line. Tristan McClellan matched Billingsby for a team-high four assists. Kaylee Smith’s 14 points marked her sixth game this season where she has produced double-digits. She shot 5-of-9 and was a perfect 2-of-2 on shots from downtown. Whitted was next with five points, and Allison, Sells, and Destyne Middlebrooks each aided with four points, respectively. McClellan and Ashli Chew added one three pointer apiece for three points each.

The Koalas managed the first basket of the game and took the early edge at 4-3 before Allison made an easy shot inside for a 5-4 Lion’s lead, which was a lead that wouldn’t be surrendered for the duration of the meeting. As Bryan and Columbia were leveled 7-7 four minutes into the first quarter, it lasted for only a few seconds when Allison scored to make it 9-7 and Billingsby followed with a score underneath and trey to start a 15-0 run to end the opening period. When the first quarter came to a close, the Lions had clawed their way to a comfortable 22-7 lead.

The deficit only grew in the second quarter as Bryan outscored Columbia 25-12 and was highlighted by four of Levi’s three-pointers, which put the Lions ahead 47-19 heading into the break.

Bryan brought their lead into the 30’s when seven minutes were remaining in the third quarter and they were ahead 54-28, Billingsby sparked an 11-0 run with an unassisted score. McClellan found Smith afterwards for a made shot from deep, Levi added two points, Smith scored inside off a pass from Talley, and Levi made two free throws bringing the score to 65-28. The Koalas were able to outscore the Lions in the final two minutes of the third quarter, but Bryan’s lead proved too large as they still had a 33-point edge at 68-35.

It wasn’t until midway through the final quarter that Columbia broke their silence as Bryan opened the period with 12 unanswered points capped by Chew’s lone three-pointer for the Lion’s largest lead of the game, 45 points, 80-35. Foul shots by Columbia dropped Bryan’s lead into the 30’s in the final minutes, but the Lions ended the game with a 41-point edge at 86-45 with the help of last-second baskets from Sells and Middlebrooks.

“We really executed our defensive game plan tonight from the opening tip, which spurred our offense,” said Bryan Head Women’s Basketball Coach, Jason Smith. “We shot it really well tonight. It was great to see Amber re-gain some confidence and have a career night. We now look to gain some momentum to finish off our first semester schedule this Saturday. Putting together back-to-back wins is our next goal.”

The Lions turn their direction towards their last AAC matchup of the semester when they travel to St. Andrews University (N.C.) on Saturday, Dec. 10, with tipoff set for 12 p.m.

For the full Bryan Lions Women’s Basketball schedule, click here.


Written by Wesley Sanders, Sports Information Director

Three Lions Recognized As NAIA All-Americans

soccer-all-americansDecember 8, 2016 – The trio of Rafael Mentzingen, Jordan Dunstan, and Charlie Clarke helped make history for the Bryan College Lions Men’s Soccer team as the largest group to earn All-American honors from the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, and Mentzingen’s second team distinction marked the only the second time in history and first time in 39 years that a member of the Bryan Lions Men’s Soccer team has landed on either the first or second team. Dating back to 2006, Dunstan and Clarke are two of only seven Lions to be selected to the NAIA All-America Honorable Mention team.

The NAIA All-America committee consists of the NAIA-Men’s Soccer Coaches Association Executive Committee, the National Championship Games Committee and four men’s soccer coaches—selected based on geography. Each team—first, second and third—consists of 11 members.

Bryan was the most represented Appalachian Athletic Conference School on the NAIA All-America list with Union College (Ky.) following with one second team honoree, Luke Hitchman.

In addition to being named to the NAIA All-American Second Team, Mentzingen was recently recognized by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) as an Academic All-District® First Team member in College Division in District 2, which encompasses the states of Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, and Tennessee. First-team Academic All-District™ honorees advanced to the CoSIDA Academic All-America® Team ballot, and that’s where Mentzingen continued to be noticed as he was named to the Second Team of the CoSIDA All-America® Men’s Soccer College Division Team.

He was named to the All-AAC First Team after netting the team’s second highest amount of goals, 12, and adding five assists. His 12 goals ranked him 3rd in the AAC and 50th in the nation in the total goals column. He tied teammate Charlie Clarke with four game-winning goals, ranking them 3rd in the conference and 23rd in the NAIA. In the last week of the regular season, Mentzingen was named the AAC Offensive Player of the Week award after scoring four goals and one assist on the week. He scored two goals and dished out an assist against AAC foe, Montreat College (N.C.), and notched two goals versus the (at the time) No. 22 Tennessee Wesleyan Bulldogs. His efforts on the week led to him being named the Tennessee Sports Writers Association Player of the Week, making him the only Lion to receive the honor this year.

The Mississauga, Ontario native, Jordan Dunstan anchored the Lion’s back line and helped hold other teams to only seven total goals through the season’s first 16 games. His efforts led to him receiving the honors of 2016 AAC Defensive Player of the Year and All-AAC First Team. He also aided offensively during the season with one goal scored against a top-25 team and connected for five assists throughout the year. He was one of three Bryan defenders recognized as an AAC Men’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week this season.

Clarke was Bryan’s leading goal scorer this year with 14 total goals. He started the year strong by finding the back of the net in four of the first five contests. His 14 goals ranked him 2nd in the AAC in total goals and 29th in the NAIA. At .74, Clarke nearly averaged a goal a game, which ranked him 2nd in the conference and 37th in the NAIA. He was a continual threat each and every game as he produced 2.21 shots on goal per match, landing him in the 2nd spot in the AAC and 22nd in the NAIA in the respective category. Four game winning goals were scored by Clarke, which tied him for 3rd in the conference and 27th in the nation. This marked his second consecutive year as a First Team All-Conference member.

“I am extremely happy for Rafael, Charlie, and Jordan on their All-American recognition,” said Bryan Head Men’s Soccer Coach, Drew Courtney. “It’s an honor for these guys, but it comes because these players are willing to put the team first.”

These three along with their fellow Lions helped Bryan Men’s Soccer accomplish one of their most successful seasons in program history. The Lions had a remarkable 16-3-3 overall record, while piecing together a 3-2-2 record versus top-25 opponents and topping three schools that were receiving votes. Bryan was the No. 10 seed in the National Tournament and hosted Spring Arbor University (Mich.) in the NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship Opening Round but fell 3-2. It was only the fourth time the Lions have made an appearance in the National Tournament.

Team – Bryan

  • Ranks Number 16 in the NAIA in Total Shutouts (10.000)
  • Ranks Number 21 in the NAIA in Shots on Goal per Game (9.050)
  • Ranks Number 23 in the NAIA in Total Goals (58)
  • Ranks Number 24 in the NAIA in Shots per Game (18.090)
  • Ranks Number 26 in the NAIA in Shutouts per Game (0.450)
  • Ranks Number 31 in the NAIA in Goals per Game (2.640)
  • Ranks Number 32 in the NAIA in Total Assists (40)
  • Ranks Number 46 in the NAIA in Assists per Game (1.820)


Written by Wesley Sanders, Sports Information Director

Oteriah Lee’s Triple-Double Leads Bryan In 107-92 Win Over Johnson

31329578032_2b793b458f_kDecember 6, 2016 – It was an exciting night in Summers Gymnasium on Tuesday when the Bryan College Lions Men’s Basketball team reached triple-digits in scoring for the first time of the season with the help of a remarkable triple-double performance by Oteriah Lee and double-digit scoring by Reagan Johnson, Tyler Yoder, Brice Cusick, and Wray Fuller who finished with a double-double. The 107-92 win against the Royals of Johnson University (Tenn.) snapped a 10-game losing streak for the Lions, improving their overall record to 2-10 and dropping the Royals to 3-8.

In addition to Lee’s memorable game, another area of play grabbed the crowd’s attention as both teams combined for a total 86 three-point attempts. Bryan topped Johnson in the three-point contest shooting 40.5 percent behind the arc after going 17-of-42 compared to the Royal’s 34.1 percent on 15-of-44 chances. Yoder ended the game 7-of-13 from deep and was 8-of-15 shooting for the game as the second highest scorer with 24 points. Johnson followed completing 5-of-11 behind the arc and was 9-of-15 from the field for a team-leading 26 points. Despite his presence in the paint, Cusick proved a threat from outside as he scored nine of his 22 points from three-point territory and also aided with seven rebounds and four assists. Fuller notched his first career double-double with 11 rebounds and 12 points on 3-of-11 shooting along with going 5-of-7 from the foul line. Lee is one of only three NAIA Men’s Basketball players in the nation that have registered a triple-double this year. He corralled a career-high 11 rebounds, matched his career-high assists with 11, and dropped 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting. Riley Dempsey was the only other Lion to score as he chipped in seven points, four rebounds, and three assists.

The Lions shot 50 percent in the game (36-of-72), and the Royals trailed close shooting 45 percent (36-of-80). Johnson was 55.6 percent from the foul line after shooting 5-of-9, while Bryan connected on 64.3 percent going 18-of-28 after the Royals were forced to foul in the final minute in attempt to cut the deficit.

Tied 5-5 at the start of the contest, Johnson drained the deep look to give Bryan a lead that wouldn’t be surrendered for the rest of the game. Up 13-10, the Lions grew their lead to double-digits with the help of two back-to-back three-pointers by Yoder and a score from Cusick inside for a 21-10 advantage. With 12 before the half and the Lions leading by 13, 26-13, the Royals battled their way to 10 unanswered points, making it a one possession game with 10 minutes remaining in the first half. Johnson hung close with Bryan over the next seven minutes until Fuller completed the three-point play with one minute to go and Yoder pulled up from outside the arc, bringing the score to 56-43 at the break.

Two three-pointers by Cusick, three-pointer and inside bucket by Johnson, and a successful jumper from Fuller helped the Lions claw their way to their largest lead of the game, 16 points, four minutes into the start of the second half. The margin at 69-53 continued up to 77-61, but the comfortable lead fell to a slim seven-point edge at the eight-minute mark, 83-76. With the help of a basket from Cusick under the goal and two consecutive treys by Yoder, Bryan’s lead was bumped up to 14 points with five and a half minutes left in the game. Unfortunately the Royals answered back with a 12-3 run, cutting the margin to five points with 3:35 remaining. Three made foul shots by Fuller and two made by Lee put the Lions up by 10, 99-89, with just over a minute to go. Johnson did all they could to send Bryan to the line and make headway, but the Lions showed enough poise in their free throws and forced the Royals into tough shots to earn the 107-92 victory.

“I thought we played very well offensively and thought we shot the ball especially well from the field,” said Bryan Head Men’s Basketball Coach, Don Rekoske. “It was good to get a win. Oteriah controlled the whole game, and that showed with his triple-double.”

The Lions are on the road this Saturday, Dec. 10, as fellow Appalachian Athletic Conference opponent St. Andrews University (N.C.) hosts Bryan at 2 p.m.

Grimwood, Schroeder, and Boone Named NAIA Cross Country Scholar-Athletes

xia-hannah-and-tyler-scholar-athletes-officialDecember 1, 2016 – At the end of November, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced the student-athletes that earned 2016 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete honors. Of the 335 women’s cross country student-athletes that were recognized, two of the runners were Bryan College Lions. Xia Grimwood, a senior from Cordova, Ark., was named a scholar-athlete for the first time in her career, and Hannah Schroeder has now earned the title of scholar-athlete two consecutive years. Despite having to sit out majority of this season, Schroeder has remained a significant part of the team following last year’s notable performances in both cross country and track and field. Last year was highlighted by posting a Bryan College and Appalachian Athletic Conference meet record time of 9:50:09 in the 4×800.

Bryan Lions Men’s Cross Country and Track and Field standout Tyler Boone was one of 222 men’s cross country student-athletes that were named 2016 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes. It also marks back-to-back years he has received the honors. This season has been remarkable to say the least for the runner from middle Tennessee. After a memorable year which included two wins, involving crossing the finish line first in the Appalachian Athletic Conference Cross Country Championship which earned him the AAC Runner of the Year crown for the second consecutive season, he paced his way to an impressive 39th finish at the 61st Annual NAIA Men’s Cross Country National Championship. He finished with a time of 25:23.8 in the 8K event held at North Farm Cross Country Course in Elsah, Ill.

Boone made history this year as Bryan’s first-ever back-to-back AAC Champion, and his efforts gave way to him being recognized as conference runner of the week three times this season. At last year’s AAC Championship meet, he won in convincing fashion by setting a new course record at Victor Ashe Park with a time of 25:02.32.

Two other occasions that Boone shined this year were at the Greater Louisville Classic where he placed 11th in a field of 300 that included a large amount of NCAA DI runners, and at the Royal invitational hosted by Queens University where he came in behind only one NAIA runner with a notable time of 24:47.

In order to be nominated by an institution’s head coach or sports information director, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status to qualify for this honor.

Congratulations on the success in both your races and in the classroom!


Written by Wesley Sanders, Sports Information Director

Women’s Basketball Picks Up First Conference Win at Allen

maebry-mcneese-action-shotNovember 30, 2016 – The Bryan College Lions Women’s Basketball returned to the hardwood after a long Thanksgiving Break and traveled to fellow Appalachian Athletic Conference school Allen University (S.C.) on Wednesday where the Lions silenced the Yellow Jackets with a double-digit lead in the end of the first quarter and was never surrendered as Bryan earned their first conference victory in convincing fashion, 88-61.

Bryan’s offense was led by Megan Billingsby down low who recorded 17 points on 6-of-7 shooting and a perfect 4-of-4 at the foul line. Freshman Katie Wolfe turned in her most impressive performance of the season shooting a spotless 6-of-6 and going 2-of-2 on free throws for 14 points. Both Amber Levi and Tonesha Allison followed with a notable 13 points apiece, while Levi was 5-of-7 for the game and 2-of-3 from deep and Allison shot 4-of-6 and went 5-of-7 on free throw attempts. Bryan’s rebounds leader was Levi who corralled six misses, and five separate Lions chipped in one assist, respectively.

A major factor that aided Bryan was the successful 63.3 percent shooting in the game, 54.5 percent from behind the arc, and 87 percent free throw shooting (20-of-23) compared to Allen’s 42.9 percent shooting, 23.5 percent from three-point territory, and 50 percent from the foul line. Despite losing the edge in turnovers 20-12, the Lions made up for it by winning the boards 30-26.

Bryan started strong with 11 points through three and a half minutes following the opening tipoff while holding Allen to a lone three-pointer. The Yellow Jackets swarmed their way back to a one-possession ballgame two times in the first period at 13-10 and 16-13, but the Lions rallied for seven unanswered points to grab their first double-digit lead of the contest as the quarter came to a close, 23-13. The run was sparked by two made free throws by Allison and a trey sank by Billingsby. Allison added one more foul shot, and Wolfe knocked in a two-point look with 33 seconds on the clock for the ten-point advantage.

There was no stopping Bryan as they continued their dominating play for a 22-point lead as the second quarter unfolded. In the first minute Wolfe made a basket, Brandi Whitted’s three-pointer was good, and Erisha Talley connected on two foul shots that brought the score to 30-13. Talley followed with two shots made from inside, Wolfe added two points, and the Yellow Jackets sank one free throw for a 36-14 score with seven minutes remaining in the quarter. The difference dipped to 17 in the final minute, but Maebry McNeese hit the last shot of the half to extend Bryan’s lead to 47-28 at the half.

The Lions allowed the Yellow Jackets to cut the lead to 17 twice in the beginning of the third quarter, but a three-pointer by Levi at the 5:33 mark gave Bryan a 21-point lead at 58-37. Allen was unable to lower the margin to below 20 points for the duration of the evening as Bryan carried a 66-46 lead into the start of the final quarter.

Two made free throws by Savanna Cummings with just over two minutes left in the game gave the Lions a 26-point edge, which was their largest of the contest. After two successful foul shots by Allen with one minute remaining, Marlee Sells countered for Bryan with a bucket from the three-point line to raise the difference back to 26 points for a 88-61 final.

The win improved the Lion’s overall record to 2-5 and 1-3 in conference play, and the Yellow Jackets dropped to 5-5 overall and 2-2 in the AAC.

Bryan remains away this weekend when they hit the road Saturday, Dec. 3, for a conference matchup against the Rams of Bluefield College (Va.) with tipoff slated for 2 p.m.


Written by Wesley Sanders, Sports Information Director

Bryan College Presents Annual Christmas Concert Dec. 9-10

christmasposter-webNovember 28, 2016 – Christmas spirit abounds! Join us Friday & Saturday, December 9-10 for the annual Christmas concert presented by the Bryan College Fine and Performing Arts Departments. Each performance starts at 7:30 p.m. in Rudd Auditorium and features the Bryan Chorale, Chamber Singers, String Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, and Piano Ensemble.

The theme for this year’s concert is “An International Christmas” and will feature musical sounds and styles heard around the world.

“The Fine and Performing Arts department is excited to celebrate ‘An International Christmas’ this year,” said Kimberly Keck, the department chair of the Fine and Performing Arts department. “It is our hope that we can use this beautiful music from around the world to point others to the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.”

A Christmas dinner will be held before Friday’s concert at 6 p.m. in Brock Hall. For more information and to purchase tickets for the dinner, visit here,      

Concert tickets for both nights are available here or at the Box Office in Rudd 303.  For more information, call 775.7500.


Written by Curtis Jolley, Social Media and Communications Coordinator

AAC Runner of the Year Tyler Boone Places 39th at National Championship

dsc_0669November 21, 2016 – After piecing together a remarkable year highlighted by two wins this season, including crossing the finish line first in the Appalachian Athletic Conference Cross Country Championship which earned him the AAC Runner of the Year crown for the second consecutive season, Tyler Boone paced his way to an impressive 39th finish on Saturday at the 61st Annual NAIA Men’s Cross Country National Championship. Boone finished with a time of 25:23.8 in the 8K event held at North Farm Cross Country Course in Elsah, Ill.

The field was packed with 331 talented runners with Bacone’s (Okla.) Jackson Thomas outlasting defending national champion Geoffrey Kipchumba of William Carey (Miss.) in the final 1K to win the program’s first-ever individual title. The senior of Naschitti, N.M., flew through the course in a time of 23:50.2.

The Raiders of Southern Oregon, who entered the national championship ranked No. 3 in the final regular-season coaches’ poll, accumulated 122 total points to become national champions for the second time in program history.

The quality performance by Boone over the weekend marked the fifth best finish at the nationals in Bryan College Cross Country history. Bryson Harper (‘12 grad.) registered 10th and 27th during his time as a Lion, Anthony Simpson (‘14 grad.) had a 15th place finish, and Connor Hatfield finished just shy of the All-American rank with a 32nd place finish.

Boone made history this year as Bryan’s first-ever back-to-back AAC Champion, and his efforts gave way to him being recognized as conference runner of the week three times this season. At last year’s AAC Championship meet, he won in convincing fashion by setting a new course record at Victor Ashe Park with a time of 25:02.32.

Two other occasions that Boone shined this year were at the Greater Louisville Classic where he placed 11th in a field of 300 that included a large amount of NCAA DI runners, and at the Royal invitational hosted by Queens University where he came in behind only one NAIA runner with a notable time of 24:47.

With the cross country season coming to an end, the Bryan Lions now turn their attention to the approaching track & field season.


Written by Wesley Sanders, Sports Information Director

Lady Lions Fall to Conference Foe Reinhardt Eagles 71-63

brandi-whitted-and-tonesha-allison-action-shot-resizedNovember 20, 2016 – After dropping a nail-biter 73-71 decision to the Union College Bulldogs (Ky.) on Wednesday, Nov. 16, in their Appalachian Athletic Conference season opener, the Bryan Lions Women’s Basketball looked to respond on Saturday night against fellow AAC opponent Reinhardt University Eagles (Ga.). The Lions trailed the Eagles 30-28 at the half but couldn’t keep the pace as Reinhardt rallied for a 23-19 third quarter and got the tilt 18-16 in the final period for a 71-63 victory, improving their overall record to a perfect 6-0 and conference record to 2-0. Bryan drops to 1-4 overall and 0-2 in the AAC.

The Eagles finished the game shooting 43.6 percent from the floor, outshining the Lion’s 33.3 percent. Reinhardt also finished better behind the arch at 37.5 percent compared to Bryan’s 11.8 percent. Both sides had notable performances from the foul line as the Eagles were 17-of-23 and the Lions were 13-of-20. Despite being outshot, Bryan won the rebound battle 41-39 and corralled 15 offensive boards to Reinhardt’s seven. The Lions also forced the Eagles to 25 turnovers as Bryan turned the ball over 18 times. On the defensive end, the home team showed quick hands as they tallied five blocks and 16 steals.

A three-pointer by Reinhardt’s Erika Woodfin gave the Eagles a 14-7 lead six minutes into the first quarter, but Bryan countered with an 11-2 run in the final four minutes to regain a two-point lead, 18-16, heading into the second quarter. The run was sparked by a two-point basket made by Tristan McClellan and followed by a made shot from Brandi Whitted. Reinhardt interrupted with two made free throws, but the Lions were not affected as Whitted ran the floor and took a pass from McClellan, put up the trey, and pulled Bryan within two. In the final minute, Tonesha Allison added two points to level the score and Erisha Talley sank the go-ahead bucket to put the Lions up.

Reinhardt continually battled Bryan for the lead, but the Lions went ahead 24-20 midway through the second quarter. Woodfin and Rebecca Cheeks hit daggers, each connecting on shots from deep, giving the Eagles a 26-24 advantage. Bryan couldn’t hold off Reinhardt as the Eagles controlled a 30-28 lead heading into the break.

The Lions allowed the Eagle’s lead to grow to eight points through the first three minutes of play after halftime, 39-31, but Bryan was poised and never backed down which gave way to a 44-44 tie with 2:48 on the clock in the third quarter. Two made foul shots by Talley gave the Lions their last lead of the game at 46-44. Reinhardt held Bryan to only one more point in the period as they worked their way to a 53-47 lead.

Two back-to-back scores by Reinhardt in the final quarter provided them with their first double-digit advantage in the game, 57-47. The Eagles continued to soar, expanding their lead to 13 at 65-52 with five minutes left in the game. Bryan responded with five unanswered points to decrease the margin to eight, but that would be the closest the Lions would come as Reinhardt held on for a 71-63 win.

Only two Lions reached double-digits in scoring as Talley led the team with 11 points while shooting 4-of-9 from the floor and also aided with six rebounds. Kaylee Smith finished 5-of-13 for 10 points and was followed by McClellan who was one point away and one assist away from a double-double as she totaled nine points, going 3-of-8 and 3-of-4 at the foul line, and dished out nine assists. Megan Billingsby boarded a team-high seven rebounds and was 2-of-8 for six points. Katie Wolfe was efficient as she shot 2-of-2 and was 2-of-2 at the free throw line for six points. Ashli Chew came up empty on the offensive end but helped defensively with five steals.

Bryan stays at home on Tuesday, Nov. 22, as they host a tough conference opponent in Tennessee Wesleyan who downed the No. 1 team in the country, Marian University (Ind.) one week ago, 92-89. Tipoff between the Lions and Bulldogs is slated for 5:30pm.


Written by Wesley Sanders, Sports Information Director

Lee Scores Career High 21 Points In 93-74 Loss To Reinhardt

oteriah-lee-action-shotNovember 20, 2016 – Despite their season-opener win, the Bryan College Lions Men’s Basketball team has struggled to put another “W” in their record this year after dropping five consecutive games by ten points or less and coming up short earlier in the week in the Appalachian Athletic Conference opening game against the No. 11 team in the country, Union College (Ky.). On Saturday night, the lions looked to claim a victory in both their overall and conference record, but the impressive Eagles of Reinhardt University (Ga.) proved too much as they claimed the lead directly after tipoff and never surrendered it for the rest of the game.

Reinhardt jumped to an early double-digit lead at 18-7 and built their advantage to 24 points by the end of the first half, 53-29.

Ahead 60-34 with 16:34 left in the game, the Eagles pieced together eight unanswered points to claim a 34-point lead, their largest of the contest. The Lions responded with a nine-point rally initiated by a two-point bucket from Oteriah Lee, three-point shot by Tyler Yoder, another basket from inside by Lee, and a shot from underneath by Brice Cusick. Reinhardt was unshaken by any momentum shift and continued to play their game, holding off Bryan with a comfortable lead. With three minutes remaining, a trey by Yoder and a two-pointer plus two bonus free throws by Lee dropped the Eagle’s lead to 16. The Lions sustained the applied pressure, and Lee capped the run with a basket at the two-minute mark to cut the margin to 12 points, 86-74. Bryan was forced to send Reinhardt to the foul line in hopes to close the gap by missed free throws and capitalizing on the opposite end of the floor. Unfortunately the plan didn’t pan out as the Eagles connected on 5-of-6 free throws and added a last second fast-break layup, while the Lions came up empty on three chances from behind the arch resulting in a 93-74 Reinhardt victory.

Bryan struggled shooting 38.2 percent in the game and 28.9 percent from downtown, and Reinhardt impressed firing 53.2 percent from the floor and 46.7 percent behind the three-point line. The Eagles also dominated the glass 45-29 and held their turnovers to 15, while forcing the Lions into 19 turnovers.

Lee scored a career-high 21 points shooting 8-of-13, 1-of-4 from deep, and 4-of-5 at the foul line. He also led Bryan in the assists column with three. Yoder followed with 20 points going 7-of-18 and 6-of-14 from three-point territory. Cusick chipped in 13 points after shooting 6-of-11, and both he and Yoder registered a team-high seven rebounds apiece. Reagan Johnson was the only other Lion to collect double-digits in scoring with 11 points on 2-of-6 shooting, 1-of-5 from the outside, and a perfect 6-of-6 on free throws.

Up next for the Lions is conference opponent Tennessee Wesleyan who are receiving votes in the top-25 poll. The game is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 22, at 7:30pm in Summers Gymnasium.


Written by Wesley Sanders, Sports Information Director