The Richmond Register

November 14, 2012

KIAC HOOPS: Mountaineers roll to fourth-straight win

By Nathan Hutchinson
Register Sports Editor

BEREA — Since suffering a loss to Mid-Continent College in the season opener two weeks ago, the Mountaineers have been on quite a roll.

Berea College picked up its fourth-straight win Tuesday at the Seabury Center, blowing past Crown College (1-2), 102-65. The Mountaineers (4-1) had five players reach double figures in scoring, led by Tevin Webster (16 points and six rebounds).

Berea College trailed by five points early (7-2), but used 65 percent first-half shooting to pull away. The Mountaineers led 56-27 at halftime and stretched that advantage to 40 points in the second half.

Harry Cross had 15 points, four rebounds and three assists, while Koty Riley, Rashad Hayden and Deon Banks each finished with 13 points.

During their four-game winning streak, the Mountaineers have scored 100 or more points three times and have out-scored their opponents 412-248.

 A three-pointer by Cross put Berea up 29-19 and started a game-changing run. Webster got a putback moments later, then Berea native Aaron Ponder hit a three-pointer that gave the Mountaineers a 34-19 lead.

A putback by Riley made it 36-19.

Berea connected on 22-of-34 field goal attempts in the first half, including five-of-10 three pointers, and was seven-of-eight from the free throw line.

The Mountaineers dominated on the boards, out-rebounding Crown 47-33. Berea shot just 38 percent in the second half, but was easily able to hold on to its big lead.

Ponder had seven points and four rebounds, while Ryan Schnellenberger, Trent Maddox and Tyler Huff each had six points.

Berea is set to return to action Thursday at home against Kentucky Christian University at the Seabury Center.

Webster honored by KIAC

Berea College sophomore Tevin Webster was named the KIAC Men’s Basketball Player of the Week on Monday.

Berea College finished 2-0 last week after defeating Boyce College (106-49) and Bryan College (77-67).

Webster recorded a double-double in both contests.

For the week, he averaged 20 points and 15 rebounds. He scored 24 points and collected 11 rebounds against Boyce College.

The sophomore forward finished the week with 16 points and 19 rebounds against Bryan College. He connected on 70 percent of his field goal attempts (14-of-20) and 85.7 percent of this free throw attempts (12-of-14).