The Bruins men’s basketball team, riding momentum from Friday’s big win over Warren Wilson, defeated the Clearwater Christian College Cougars 83-55 Saturday night.
The Bruins had never beaten the Cougars and lost by one last year at home, so they were determined not to let Clearwater defeat them at home again.
As the Bruins and Cougars got ready for tipoff, the fans in the Davis Field House were already getting loud.
The teams battled to put first points on the board, and first blood was drawn by the Bruins as forward Kyle Turner drove the ball in for a layup and made a foul shot to give the Bruins a 3-0 lead.
After the Cougars evened the score, Turner found the hoop again, this time from the 3-point line, to give the Bruins a 6-3 lead.
The teams continued to lobby for control until the first media timeout after the 12-minute mark. Coming out of the timeout with an 18-14 lead, the Bruins went on a 17-0 run and shot 57 percent to build their lead until halftime.
The Bruins walked into their locker room with a 50-26 lead.
In the second half the Bruins picked up right where they left off with freshman guard Chae Dexter and Kyle Turner putting up a couple of quick shots.
The Cougars tried to battle back, but the Bruins continued to expand their lead, anchored by solid defense and hot shooting that overwhelmed the Cougars.
As the final buzzer sounded, the Bruins walked off the court with an 83-55 victory over Clearwater Christian College.
The Bruins defense held the Cougars to just 28 percent shooting from the field while the Bruins shot an overall 50 percent from the field and had a combined total of 23 assists.
With this win, the Bruins won three of their last four games.
Turner finished with a double-double, contributing 24 points and 14 rebounds. Freshman guard Dustin Killough added 22 points, and Dexter chipped in 13 points.