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Homecoming Blowout for Mountaineers; Records Broken

The November 20 homecoming competition pitted the menís and womenís basketball teams against the Miami University -Hamilton Harriers.

Lady Mountaineers During Halftime

Extending their season record to 4-0, The Lady Mountaineers trampled Miami 115-65. With two-time coach of the year Bunky Harkleroad at the helm, the ladies now lead the nation in overall scoring. Leading scorer Jessica Engel shot 6 of 12 from three point range tacking on an impressive 22 points from the bench. In fact, 76 of the lady Mountaineers total came from the bench effectively swamping the Harriers 14 bench points.

The evening highlight, in addition to the swelled homecoming attendance, was Senior Ashley Miller's new school rebound record. In more than sixteen minutes of play, Miller added another eight to her total and superseded the pervious Berea College career high. "It was a goal of mine since my freshman year" Miller stated, "but now Iíve got a new goal - to break 950 points by the end of the season."

The Ladies came on strong early and went into halftime with a 41 point lead. With 34 points off of Hamilton turnovers, the ladies dominated outside the key with a total of 63 points beyond the three-point line.

Seabury Gymnasium was packed by the start of menís play. With the arrival of the pep band, homecoming candidates, and alumni, enthusiasm was at its season peak. The Men, defeating Hamilton 104 -57, secured their fourth season win amidst the electric homecoming spirit. Four out of the Berea starting five controlled the point totals with no player putting up less than 15. Guard Melvin Brown just edged out Senior George Webb, scoring 20 to Webb's 19 points. Berea Center Thomas Klimas and forward Cody Nickels were strong in the paint bringing down a collective 27 rebounds.

As a result, the Mountaineers cruised into halftime with a 47-22 lead. Off the bench, guard Robert Rich shot seven for 12 and put up 12 total points in a short 13 minutes of play. Strong play in the second half came from Hamilton center Michael Duncan, but Berea pressed hard on rebounds and second effort points to secure the win.


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