published Sunday, February 2nd, 2014

Tennessee Wesleyan women's basketball team in first place alone

The Tennessee Wesleyan women's basketball team beat Union College 67-62 Saturday in a battle of Lady Bulldogs at the top of the Appalachian Athletic Conference, and Bryan College stayed close by holding off Reinhardt, 57-56.

In men's games involving the top four in the AAC, first-place Union won 88-74 at Wesleyan and Bryan moved up from fourth by edging Reinhardt 74-72 on Derrick Walker's follow show at the final buzzer, after losing an 18-point halftime lead. Union is 20-3, 12-1 in AAC play, while TWC is 13-9, 9-5 and Bryan (13-10) and Reinhardt (11-11) each is 8-4 in league play.

Cody Houck and Armeka Booker had 17 and 15 points and 11 and 13 rebounds for the Wesleyan women (16-3, 13-2), and Booker countered eight turnovers with four blocked shots. Amber Taylor scored 19 points for Union (15-7, 11-3).

Megan Billingsby scored 27 points on 10-of-14 shooting for Bryan's Lady Lions (15-7, 10-3), who play a makeup game Monday at Point University. Billingsby's two free throws with seven seconds to go put them ahead, and Keila Formont made a steal with six ticks left.

Jenna Ray had 14 points and four assists and Formont had 12 points, seven steals and eight rebounds. For Reinhardt (9-13, 6-8), playing without sharpshooting freshman Erika Woodfin from Dade County, Carmen Lockhart scored 13 points and freshman Payton Smith from Sonoraville had 12 points and four streals, while Dalton's April Besley grabbed a game-high nine rebounds.

Robert Troino scored 24 points with four 3-pointers and Brandon Cole had 22 points and 15 rebounds for the Bryan men, but Cole missed two free throws ahead of Walker's clutch offensive rebound and winning score. It was the 300th victory for Lions coach Don Rekoske.

Deante Johnson had 31 points and 13 rebounds and DeAntray Stevens scored 20 points for Union's men. Tyler Burse and Devante' Jenkins had 16 and 15 points and 14 and 10 rebounds for TWC, while Shannon Smith had 10 assists with 10 points.

• At Valdosta, Ga., Lee's Lady Flames beat Valdosta State 65-53 in Gulf South play as Hollie German scored 20 points with 4-of-4 3-point shooting and Jenna Adams added 18 points and 11 rebounds. Second-place Lee (13-4, 9-2) was 11-of-24 on 3s as a team.

The Valdosta men beat Lee 76-70, leaving the young Flames 7-10, 3-8 in the GSC. Freshman Jervon Johnson from Ooltewah scored 18 points on 7-of-9 shooting for Lee, and Cory Billingsley, Jamal Worthington and Tyquan Roberts scored 13, 12 and 11 points. Jalen Crawford and Blake Justice scored 24 and 21 for the Blazers (12-5, 6-5).

• At Dalton, Dalton State's first-year Roadrunners rose to 22-3 with a 73-50 win over Allen University. DSC had 12 scorers, led by Ricky Sears and Anthony Hilliard with 13 points each, and Ladaris Green grabbed 10 rebounds. Deangelo Anthony scored 23 for Allen.

• At Montgomery, Ala., Covenant's Colton McGriff scored 22 points in an 80-74 USA South loss to Huntingdon, and the Lady Scots' Jessie Blankenship scored 21 points and Aleigha Wiliams had 16 plus nine rebounds in a 76-63 defeat.

• At Cleveland, Cleveland State's Cougars won 57-53 over Volunteer State, which had won on a last-second 3-pointer Friday night at Chattanooga State, as Keevin Tyus had 18 points, 12 rebounds and three steals and Travis Wildgoose added 11 points and 11 rebounds.

The Lady Cougars lost 97-63 in the TCCAA doubleheader despite 17 points from Aysia Grimsley and 15 plus seven rebounds from Jamesha Mosley after her 30-point, 17-rebound night Friday against Motlow. Jenise Davis scored 31 for Vol State, which won Friday at Chattanooga State.

AREA COLLEGE SUMMARIES

Women's Games

BRYAN 57, REINHARDT 56

Reinhardt (9-13, 6-8 AAC)

Mitchell 6, Besley 4, Johnson 4, Smith 12, Byers 3, Mullinax 6, Favors 6, Lockhart 13, Thomas 2.

Bryan (15-7, 10-3)

Ray 14, Lane, Formont 12, Brooks 2, Neuharth, Billingsby 27, Griffin 2, Calfee.

Halftime: Bryan, 30-24.

TENNESSEE WESLEYAN 67, UNION 62

Union, Ky. (15-7, 11-3 AAC)

Taylor 19, Clontz, Roberts 3, Perkins 16, Nash 14, Rice 6, King 4, Jefferson, Thomas, Brock.

Tennessee Wesleyan (16-3, 13-2)

Houck 17, Buley 4, Gobble 7, Moreland 7, Booker 15, Lyness 8, McWilliams 7, Hill 2, McKinnon.

Halftime: 29-29.

HUNTINGDON 76, COVENANT 63

Covenant (5-14, 2-9 USAS)

Storteboom 6, Blankenship 21, Soles 8, Wooward 10, Williams 16, Price 2, Quimby, Dougherty, Fikkert.

Huntingdon (14-5, 6-4)

Prater 27, Pickens 19, Weatherspoon 8, Munford, Thomas 8, Garmany 8, Dean 2, Lover 4, Gissendanner, Englebert, Dorman, Martin.

Halftime: Covenant, 33-29.

LEE 65, VALDOSTA STATE 53

Lee (13-4, 9-2 GSC)

German 20, Adams 18, Lee 13, Miller 4, Lockhart, Iles 6, Barker 2, Beavers 2, Neuharth, Swope, Johnson.

Valdosta State (9-8, 4-7)

Thomas 9, Davis 9, Williams 8, Owens 8, Waugh 6, Sprague 6, Satterfield 3, Duke, Smith, Domijanovic 4.

Halftime: Lee, 30-28.

VOLUNTEER STATE 97, CLEVELAND STATE 63

Volunteer State (12-6, 9-3 TCCAA)

Flowers 16, Davis 31, Tracey 2, Neal 20, Foster 9, Rigsby 7, Brown 2, Dye 4, Martin 6, Hayes.

Cleveland State (16-5, 8-5)

Harris 8, Gasper 3, Whitted 1, Mosley 15, Thompson 4, Campbell 4, Grimsley 17, Davis, Bonds 6, King 5.

Halftime: Volunteer State, 43-36.


Friday Game

RHODES 81, SEWANEE 49

Sewanee (8-10, 1-6 SAA)

Sewell 6, McDonough 9, Lowe 6, Chauvin 4, Rose 9, Hassett 8, Lyerly 1, Culbertson 3, Jones 3.

Rhodes (14-3, 6-1)

Johnson 2, Todman 7, Daniels 10, Goodrum, Avant 14, Smith 5, Eckert 15, Cofield, Orth 5, Conley, Tehrani, Butler 8, Kramer 10, Quintin, Money 5.

Halftime: Rhodes, 50-18.


Men's Games

CLEVELAND STATE 57, VOLUNTEER STATE 53

Volunteer State (10-11, 5-7 TCCAA)

Mathis 2, Brantley 17, McPherson, Jenkins 12, Brown, Prince 4, Perry 9, Nightingale, Wilbert 9, Stone, Harper, Cummings 1.

Cleveland State (10-9, 5-8)

Brandon 7, Tyus 18, Wildgoose 11, Moore 7, Whitmire 4, Roberts, Cade 2, Hale 5, Dansby 3, Clifford.

Halftime: Volunteer State, 26-25.

BRYAN 74, REINHARDT 72

Reinhardt (11-11, 8-4 AAC)

Porter 12, Joseph 9, Wood 15, Thomas 13, Reno 7, Cooper 4, Hughlehy 4, Reid 6, Swint 2, D. Jones, N. Jones.

Bryan (13-10, 8-4)

Maryland, Cole 22, Sharp 12, Troino 24, Walker 3, Parsons 2, Tuck 8, Landers 3, Holt, Bogard.

Halftime: Bryan, 45-27.

UNION 88, TENNESSEE WESLEYAN 74

Union, Ky. (20-3, 12-1)

White 7, Newby 8, Johnson 31, Smith 8, Stevens 20, Bueter 9, Hairston 3, Adams, Walker, Elias 2, Wagner.

Tennessee Wesleyan (13-9, 9-5)

Russell, Davison 2, Hosey, Turnipseed 12, Burse 16, Smith 10, Whitman 15, Scofield 11, Whitman 6, Williams 2.

Halftime: Union, 43-42.

DALTON STATE 73, ALLEN 50

Allen

Anthony 23, McCord 17, Pettus 5, Jones, Johnson, McGuire 3, Crawford 2, Spriggs, McFuffie, Glenn, Dunlap, Truesdale, Council.

Dalton State (22-3)

Sears 13, Tate 9, Jacobs 8, Earle 7, Green 4, Hilliard 13, Edwards 6, Allen 4, Phillips 3, Hamilton 2, G. Smith 2, Terry 2, D. Smith, Mosley.

Halftime: Dalton State, 49-28.

HUNTINGDON 80, COVENANT 74

Covenant (8-12, 3-6 USAS)

Boyd 12, Bell 12, McGriff 22, Frierson 6, Turner 2, Garrett 8, Portlock 4, Arima 6, Ferguson, Phelps, Sears.

Huntingdon (6-11, 5-3)

Davis 10, Ashley 5, Hill 15, Dudley 7, Elmore 1, Layson 5, Varney 22, Washington 9, Moorer 6, Hughes.

Halftime: Huntingdon, 36-29.

VALDOSTA STATE 76, LEE 70

Lee (7-10, 3-8 GSC)

Billingsley 13, Worthington 12, Roberts 11, Sharp 3, Ford, Johnson 18, Bawa 5, Lee 3, Thomas 3, Forhetz 2, Marquette.

Valdosta State (12-5, 6-5)

Crawford 24, Justice 21, McKay 11, Murray 2, Leonard 2, Cook 5, Stone 4, Dixon 4, Michineau 3, Moore, Nsiah.

Halftime: Lee, 41-26.

Friday Game

RHODES 55, SEWANEE 52

Sewanee (10-7, 3-4 SAA)

Carter 4, Brown 18, L. Born 8, Williams 15, Caldwell 2, Tome, Veal 4, Turner, Heatherly 1, C. Born, Downey, Nelson.

Rhodes (12-6, 5-2)

Livsey 10, Van Hoeck 6, Miller 14, Collins 6, Dunavant 5, Sledge 5, McGrail 1, Watson 8, Wagner, Gallagher.

Halftime: Rhodes, 25-21.

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