With the Bulldogs being down as much as 18 in the first half, it looked like it could be a difficult win for Tennessee Wesleyan against the Mountaineers of Berea College last night. The game began with a 8 -0 streak by Berea. With a mass substitution by the Bulldogs they tried a different approach, but when the Bulldogs still trailed 20-5 only 5 minutes into the game, it was time for the starters to give it another shot. The Bulldogs slowly began to pull within eight, but Berea quickly answered to extend their lead to 18. The back and forth scoring continued until half, with the Bulldogs going into the locker room down by 7, 43-36. Berea went into the half shooting 63% whereas the Bulldogs were 14 of 32 at 44%.
With a change in the line up to start the second half, the Bulldogs began to slowly decrease the Mountaineers lead, until at 11:19 left, Dylan Powers sank a 3 to take the lead for the first time in the game. The game was tied at 64-64 and then again at 68-68 but then it looked like the Bulldogs finally got in the groove to extend the lead to 10 with just seconds left in the game. Berea hit a 3 at the buzzer but it wasn't enough, giving the Bulldogs the win, 89-82. With a change in shooting percentages the Bulldogs came out to shoot 19/30 in the second half where as Berea was only shooting 36%.
E'Jay Ward lead the Bulldogs with 26 points and 12 assists. Also scoring in double digits for the Bulldogs was Matt Towry with 17 and Clovis Gray, Jr with 15. Matt Towry pulled down 7 rebounds for the Bulldogs. The Bulldogs were out rebounded by Berea 37-29.
The Bulldogs have a break to finish finals before they play on December 8th at 7:00 pm at Tusculum University. The Bulldogs then play their last game before Christmas on December 11th at 4:00 pm at Lee University.