Dec. 31, 2009
Story courtesy of Bellevue Sports Information
SIOUX CITY, Iowa -- Senior Ron King scored 24 points and the Bellevue (Neb.) Bruins withstood a furious Charger rally in the closing minutes to record an 80-76 upset over No. 10-ranked Briar Cliff (Iowa) in the final game of the BCU Holiday Classic Wednesday night (Dec. 30) at the Newman Flanagan Center.
Bellevue improved to 10-6 on the season with the win. Briar Cliff fell to 11-3 overall.
The Bruins have now won seven-straight games after knocking off their second top-10 opponent in less than two weeks. Bellevue upset No. 6 Sioux Falls, 68-64, on Dec. 17 in Bellevue.
King, who was named the tournament's MVP, connected on six 3-pointers on the night and was 8-of-11 from the field. Junior Avery Tyler scored 15 points and sophomore Jelani Johnson added 12 to join King in double figures. Johnson joined King on the all-tournament team.
Briar Cliff was led by Chase Vander Feen's 18 points.
Bellevue shot 65 percent from the field in the second half and 57.5 percent for the game.
The Bruins went on an 11-0 run early in the second half to erase a five-point (42-37) halftime deficit.
A 3-pointer by Josh Vanderslice and a 3-point play by Marcos Perez gave the Bruins eight-point advantage at the 12:47 mark.
The Chargers, however, responded with seven-straight points to pull to within one at 59-58 with 10 minutes remaining in the contest.
After the two teams traded baskets, Bellevue forged ahead, going on a 12-3 spurt to gain a 10-point edge at 73-63 with just under five minutes remaining.
King's sixth 3-pointer forced a Charger timeout as the Bruins held a 76-65 lead at the 3:12 mark.
Three 3-pointers by Vander Feen over a two-minute span pulled the Chargers to within four points at 78-74 with just under a minute to play.
A Ben Sitzman layup with 18 seconds remaining made it a two-point contest at 78-76. Senior Antoine Dade's steal with four seconds to go and Avery's two free throws secured the 80-76 BU win.
All Tournament Team: Ron King, Bellevue (MVP), Chase Vander Feen, Briar Cliff, Kyle Swanson, Briar Cliff, Jelani Johnson, Bellevue, Mitch Carstens, Morningside
The Bruins will travel to Point Lookout, Mo. next Monday and Tuesday, Jan 4-5, to compete in the McDonald's CAM JAM Classic on the campus of College of the Ozarks.