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Ladies the "Real Thing" at Pepsi Invitational

The Lady Mountaineers broke two NAIA records during the Pepsi Tournament on November 12-14, while the men's team pulled out a big win.

Ashley Miller

The lady Mountaineers went into the tournament with a record of 1-0. They came out onto the court shooting in their first game against Southern Virginia Knights. Guard, Morrisa Benberry was the leading scorer giving 17 points to the Mountaineers huge victory (92-60). The Mountaineer's game philosophy was to shoot the ball as much as possible. And they did - attempting more than 150 shots, making 19 of the record-breaking 71 three-point attempts. With the entire team putting points on the board and Berea shooting more than twice the amount of shots as Southern Virginia, the result was points-a-plenty.

The ladies' second game against the Wilberforce University Bulldogs was another high-scoring victory for the Mountaineers (117-113). During this game, two more NAIA records were broken. The first was for the most combined points scored and the second was for the most points scored by a losing team. Berea played even better than their first game, putting up fewer shots, but making more of them. The Mountaineers started out slow with a 9-0 lead by the Bulldogs, but quickly picked up the pace. Sophomore forward Rebecca May tossed in 25 points, 21 which came from three-pointers.

In the men's first game against Tennessee Wesleyan College, freshman guard Robert Rich scored 24 points in route to a 95-76 victory. Rich shot 4 for 8 from three-point range, improving on his season average of 42%. In total, the Mountaineers put up 54 points in the paint and 21 from three-point land. Ben Anderson came out with 14 rebounds assisting in the teams 24 points from turnovers.

The men's second game ended in defeated to the unbeaten Pikebille College Bears. The 14-point loss (83-69) was marked by poor shooting from the Mountaineers, who made only one three-pointer. Despite and off game shooting, Robert Rich tossed in 20 points. Couch John Mills commented, "I feel we need to improve in our overall intensity. When we loose our intensity we have mental breakdowns and against the teams we play we can not afford to do that."

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