(ATHENS, Tenn. ) – On Thursday, the Truett McConnell University men’s basketball team traveled to face Appalachian Athletic Conference opponent, Tennessee Wesleyan University. TMU proved victorious in a grueling overtime fight with a final score of 93-84. The Bears record rose to 9-8, 6-7 AAC, while the Bulldogs fell 13-4, 10-3 AAC.


In the first half, the Bears were the first to strike with a layup from Enocka Franky. Franky followed with a dominating dunk shot, along with a shot in the paint. Shots from Raul Arias-OrtegaCJ Brown and Cory Seitz put TMU up 12-7. The Bulldogs rallied, but were unable to tie the score up. The Bears continued to put points up with a layup from Seitz, Kafunba Toure and Arias-Ortega. The Bulldogs came within one point, but back to back layups from Seitz put TMU ahead. A jumper from Franky sent the Bears into the half with a 44-41 advantage.

In the second half, the Bulldogs came out aggressive and jumped ahead of the Bears. EJ Smith retaliated with a layup to tie the game. A Smith three pointer and two layups from Franky kept the Bears in the game. Both teams continued to bounce off each other, until a three pointer from Arias-Ortega created a deficit. At the end of the half, the Bulldogs had two successful shots to send it into overtime with a score of 76-76.

In overtime, a nine point rally from the Bears gave the determining advantage. Free throws from Kafunba, Franky and Brent Kelly allowed TMU an eight point advantage, while the final free throw from Kelly gave the Bears a 93-84 victory over the Bulldogs.


Most notable, Toure and Franky individually recorded a double-double on the night. Toure had 21 points, going 5-5 at the free throw line, with 10 rebounds. Franky contributed 20 points, going 6-6 at the free throw line, with 11 rebounds. Arias-Ortega followed closely with 16 points, with six shots from within the paint. Seitz had 12 points on the evening, going 6-6 in the paint, and contributed four rebounds. Smith had 10 points, with two successful shots from behind the three point arc.


The Bears return back home to the Benjamin F. Brady Arena on Saturday, January 15 to face Toccoa Falls College, with a tip-off set for 4:00 p.m.