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BPC beats Edward Waters, drops two conference games
|Sophomore Baron Larry Patrick, a 6’4” Post from Macon, delivers a two-pointer to the hoop Nov. 18 against Auburn University-Montgomery in BPC’s Gillis Gym on the Mount Vernon campus. (Photo by Ashley Byrd)
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MOUNT VERNON – The Brewton-Parker College men’s basketball team began the week of Nov. 13 by defeating a non-conference opponent but they came up short in two Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) contests.
On Monday, Nov. 13, the Barons (3-6, 0-2 SSAC), led by three players in double figures and a defense that allowed just 57 total points, defeated Edward Waters College, 64-57.
“We knew they would be very athletic,” said head coach Steve Barker. “We shot the ball well and were able to slow the tempo of the game. Both of these factors were key to us being successful.”
BPC was led by senior Warren Beaulah (21 points) and sophomores Tony Deberry (20 points) and Larry Patrick (15 points).
The Barons traveled to No. 20 Faulkner University on Thursday, Nov. 16 for their SSAC opener. Despite both teams keeping the score close for a majority of the first half, Faulkner took advantage of a late first half run to pull away and defeat BPC, 77-48.
“It is always tough to play at Faulkner,” said Barker. “We kept it close for a majority of the first half only to see them put up a run just before halftime, which was the key to the game.”
On Saturday, Nov. 18, the Barons hosted Auburn University-Montgomery, a school that defeated Auburn University (from the Southeastern Conference) in the preseason. Despite seven lead changes in the second half and a chance to possibly win the game in the closing seconds, Auburn University-Montgomery made two clutch free-throws and escaped with a 72-69 win.
“AUM (Auburn University-Montgomery) is a very good basketball team,” said Barker. “We did a fantastic job defensively against them. We just came up short in the end.”
For the game, the Barons were led once again by Patrick (20 points), Beaulah (17 points), and Deberry (17 points).
The Barons traveled to Sumter, S.C. on Monday to take on Morris College. This is part of a four game road trip that includes games with Armstrong Atlantic University, Edward Waters College and Lee University. The next home game will be Saturday, Dec. 2 against Reinhardt. Tip-off is scheduled for 4 p.m. All home games are played in the Gillis Gymnasium inside the Bartow and Jean Snooks Student Activities Center.