(CLEVELAND) – For the second time this season, the Truett McConnell University men’s basketball team came up short against Appalachian Athletic Conference opponent Kentucky Christian University (71-70), which put TMU at 9-16, 6-13 AAC and the Knights at 8-13, 8-11 AAC on the year.
The first 20 minutes of the game was almost even as both teams led by as much as six points. KCU closed out the first half, however, on a 4-1 run to earn a three-point lead at halftime (31-28).
The second half saw the Knights get out front by as much as seven but a Ty Briscoe layup with 2:49 to go put the Bears in the lead for the first time since the first half (65-64). A KCU free throw put the score even for the last time (68-68) with 1:37 remaining, but a KCU free throw and fast break layup for the Knights was the key to ultimately sealing their second win over the Bears (68-71). Another Briscoe bucket in the paint closed the gap (70-71), but it ultimately proved not enough.
Sophomore Marlon Allen led with 18 points, while junior Enocka Franky had a double-double of 12 points and 14 rebounds with three blocks. Briscoe scored 12 points and led with four assists. Senior Xavier Latore added six points, while sophomore Brent Kelly and senior Ange Badji added six rebounds apiece.
The Bears will host Reinhardt University for their home finale at 7:00 p.m., before heading to Columbia International University on Wednesday, Feb. 17.