Tennessee Wesleyan hosted Montreat College on Wednesday for the final home game of the season. The Bulldogs continued their winning streak defeating the Cavaliers, 101-75.
Tyler Burse and Desmond Crisp had treys; Dante Turnipseed a dunk and Matt Harper twice drained back-to-back 3-pointers as Wesleyan went on top, 31-22, midway of the first half. Long-range buckets from Shannon Smith and Derek Triplett, six points from Zamarius McClendon, four each from Dante Turnipseed and Tyler Burse along with E'Jay Ward's off-balance 3-pointer at the buzzer helped the Bulldogs pad the halftime advantage to 24, 60-36.
Zamarius McLendon's three-point play widened the margin to 27 in the second half, but Montreat shaved 17 points off that deficit in short order, pulling within 10 at 74-64 with 11:42 to play. Montreat missed a chance to get even closer before the Bulldogs regrouped. Tyler Burse had a trey among five points, McLendon three points and Harper a bucket to highlight a 10-2 run and the Bulldogs were back in control, leading by 18, 84-66.
Desmon Crisp paced the offense with 20 points. Tyler Burse and Matt Harper each had 16 points and five rebounds, while Zamarius McLendon collected 15 points to go with seven rebounds and four steals. E'Jay Ward had seven points, 10 assists and three steals with Shannon Smith adding eight points and four steals.
Although the Bulldogs have already wrapped up the regular season title for the AAC, they still have one game remaining at Reinhardt University on Saturday at 4:00 pm. The number one team will begin their action in the AAC Conference Tournament next week playing the 12:00 pm game on Thursday, February 21st at 12:00 pm.