By Nathan Hutchinson
Register staff report
The Mountaineers bounced back from a tough overtime loss last weekend at Alice Lloyd with a solid victory Tuesday at the Seabury Center.
Seth Beckham had a team-high 23 points as Berea College defeated Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference rival Asbury College, 85-73. Aaron Ponder had 19 points, eight rebounds and five assists and Deon Banks had 17 points.
With the win, Berea improves to 15-10 overall and 7-3 in the KIAC.
The Mountaineers were up 43-35 up halftime, but Asbury rallied to take a four-point lead four minutes into the second half.
Berea shot 48 percent in the first half, but shot just 41 percent in the second half. Asbury shot just 38 percent for the game, including eight-of-24 from three-point range.
Tevin Webster had 11 rebounds and six points for Berea, Rashad Hayden had nine points, Dominique Garmon had four points and Trent Maddox six assists and three points.
Berea had 22 assists on 29 field goals.
The game featured five lead changes and three ties.
Berea is set to return to action Thursday at home against Cincinnati Christian.
Asbury 63, Berea 53
The Lady Mountaineers had their three-game winning streak snapped with a loss Tuesday at home to KIAC rival Asbury.
Anna Loveless had 20 points (10-of-10 free throws) and Meagan Walker had nine rebounds and three points in a 63-53 loss. The Lady Mountaineers (9-15, 5-6 KIAC) never led and trailed by as much as 20 points.
Berea shot 32 percent from the field, was two-of-16 from three-point range and had 20 turnovers.
Mikola Burks had nine points, Johnesha Warren had eight points, Malena Steve finished with five points and five rebounds and Shelby Romine had four points.
Asbury had four players in double figures and shot just 41 percent and had 27 turnovers.
Berea is set to return to action Saturday at Point Park.