TWC claims 2013 Championship
Men's Basketball - Sat, Feb. 23, 2013
KINGSPORT, Tenn. - The top-seeded Tennessee Wesleyan used a strong second half to take a 75-69 victory over No. 3 Bryan College in the Appalachian Athletic Conference championship game on Saturday inside the MeadowView Convention Center.
The Lions came out on fire as they opened the game on a 14-2 run in the first five minutes. Tennessee Wesleyan answered with a run of their own as they tied the game at 17-17 with two straight 3-pointers from Matt Harper. Robert Troino answered for Bryan with to push the Lions lead to five points with 8:10 left.
The teams traded shots over the next five minutes as Shannon Smith gave Tennessee Wesleyan their first lead of the game with 5:29 left. However, Rafael Tyler regained the lead, and Troino scored the last 10 Bryan points to give the Lions a 39-34 lead at the half.
Troino had 16 points to pace Bryan, while Zamarius McLendon had 11 points to lead TWC.
As a team, Bryan was 12-of-24 (50%) from the field and 5-of-11 (46%) from the 3-point line. Tennessee Wesleyan ended the period 11-of-33 (33%) from the field and 5-of-16 (31%) from behind the arc.
The second half belonged to Tennessee Wesleyan as they quickly erased their deficit and took a 49-45 lead at the 15 minute mark with a Desmond Crisp jumper. After Derrick Walker hit back-to-back buckets for Bryan to tie the game, Derek Triplett kicked off a 19-6 run with nine straight Bulldog points as Tennessee Wesleyan held a 62-51 advantage with 7:01 left.
Bryan cut the gap to seven points, but a quick 6-0 TWC run extended the lead back to 13 points. Brandon Cole of Bryan ended the Bulldogs run with a jumper, and Bryan cut the lead to seven points with 53 seconds left. After a McClendon free throw, Walker cut the gap to 71-65 with under 30 seconds left. However, that was as close as the Lions could get.
Harper and Smith led the Bulldogs with 15 points apiece, while McClendon ended the game with 14 points. Triplett recorded 12 points. For Bryan, Walker had 20 points and Cole had 16 points.
As a team, Tennessee Wesleyan ended the game 26-of-59 (44%) from the field and 11-of-27 (41%) from the 3-point line. Bryan was 24-of-56 (43%) from the floor and 6-of-17 (35%) from behind the arc.