The Bulldogs took a short drive to Madisonville to face the Hiwassee College Tigers. Tennessee Wesleyan defeated the Tigers 93-77 to increase their season record to 1-1.
The Bulldogs only trailed once at 17-14 just six minutes game. The Tiger cut the 15 point margin down to four with almost nine minutes remaining and were still within eight before TWC went on a 14-6 run to put the game in the books.
Tennessee Wesleyan shot a sizzling 69 percent (35 of 51) from the floor and connected on 10 of 17 3-point field goal attempts with Shannon Smith, Tyler Burse and Andrew Scofield combining for 73 points.
The Bulldogs got off to a quick start with Burse scoring inside, followed by a 3-pointer and steal for a layup by Smith to lead, 7-1. Despite another five points from Smith and bucket by Burse, the Tigers slipped in front, 17-14, at the 14-minute mark. Burse collected his third basket; Josh Williams converted two free throws; Smith had a second scoring steal; Scofield drained a "3" and Devante Jenkins came off the bench to score two in an 11-0 run to put Wesleyan on top, 25-17. The teams traded baskets from there, allowing TWC to take a 39-34 advantage into the intermission.
The Bulldogs began the second half with a 15-5 run to open a 54-39 lead, highlighted by another theft and 3-point basket by Smith and Scofield's four-point play when he was fouled on a made 3-pointer. Over the next five minutes, the Tigers roared back to within four at 62-58. Scofield and Burse buried treys as the Bulldogs slowly pulled away to another 14-point advantage and cemented the win with their late streak.
Hitting 10 of 12 shots, Smith led the scoring with 26 points and had seven steals and seven assists. Burse converted 10 of 14 attempts to tally 25 points and collected a team-high 11 rebounds. Scofield was five of nine on 3-pointers in netting 22 points. Jenkins came off the bench to score 10 points and pull down eight rebounds.
TWC will host Dalton State College on Friday, starting at 6 p.m., and travel to Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville on Saturday, tipping off at 4 p.m.