RICHMOND — Register Staff Report
For the second time in less than a week, the Berea College men’s basketball team took the court Monday for a showdown with an Ohio Valley Conference opponent.
The Mountaineers once again put up a fight, but couldn’t come up with an upset victory.
Berea College trailed by just five points at halftime (31-25) before Tennessee Tech pulled away in the second half for a 69-45 win in Cookeville, Tenn. The Mountaineers got a team-high 11 points from Aaron Ponder and eight points each from Koty Riley, Deon Banks and Tevin Webster (seven rebounds and one steal).
Jud Dillard had 20 points for Tech (4-3), while Lanerryl Johnson added 10 points.
The Mountaineers — an NAIA Division II team — suffered a 108-53 loss last week on the road against Austin Peay.
Berea College took a quick 5-0 lead, but trailed by 16 points early in the second half. Ponder led the comeback as the Mountaineers went on a 15-5 run.
Berea got within three points when Webster tipped in a missed shot with 14 seconds left in the half (29-26).
The Golden Eagles opened the second half on a 6-0 run and continued to pull away.
Dominique Garmon added five points for the Mountaineers, Rashad Hayden had three points and Trent Maddox had two points.
Berea shot just 27 percent from the field and was five-of-22 from three-point range.
Berea College (7-3) is set to return to action Thursday at home against Union College.