Berea's Size Too Much to Overcome
Wilmore, Ky. - The Eagles simply couldn't overcome the size of Berea in a Senior Day loss 96-83 on Tuesday night. Berea won the battle on the boards by 20 and outscored the Eagles 19-2 in second chance points.
Asbury (14-15, 6-6 KIAC) was led by senior Cory Britt's (Cynthiana, Ky.) 26 point performance off the bench. Britt knocked down nine-of-13 from the field and connected on five-of-seven from beyond the arc. Adam Delph (Louisville, Ky.) added 21 including seven-of-eight from the foul line. He also grabbed four rebounds and blocked two shots. Phillip Morrison (Louisville, Ky.) added 18 on six-of-12 shooting.
Asbury knocked down 10-of-26 from downtown but struggled to combat the size and muscle of the Mountaineers all night long. Berea had two players, Mikah Turner and Chase Wofford, grab 10 or more rebounds. Despite giving up 20 offensive rebounds Asbury had their chance down the stretch but back to back turnovers doomed the Eagles and Berea added free throws and a couple of run outs to bring the final margin to 13.
The Eagles shot 45% from the floor and 39% from three while Berea was 51% from the floor and 28% from three. Both teams turned the ball over 15 times. Berea scored 60 of their points in the paint. Jamal Morris and Brian Johnson added six rebounds each to lead the Eagles. Mikah Turner from Berea, who was just named NAIA DII Player of the Week and leads the country in scoring, added 10 rebounds to go along with his 28 points.
Asbury will close the season at Cincinnati Christian on Friday at 7:30 pm. Asbury currently holds the 4th spot in the KIAC with a half game lead over Indiana-East at 5-6. The top four teams in the KIAC will host the Opening Round game on Tuesday February 23rd.