Bears MBB Falls to Dixie State and Southern Utah on the Road

Bears MBB Falls to Dixie State and Southern Utah on the Road

The Bears men's basketball team traveled to Utah to take on two extremely talented teams from the southern portion of the state. The first game was played in St. George, Utah, against Dixie State, one of the top teams in D-2 basketball. DSU led the game from the opening tip, scoring the first 10 points of the game – eight of which came at the free throw line – as they raced out to a 23-7 lead. The Bears pulled to within nine points at 32-23 with four minutes remaining in the opening half, but Dixie State went on a 14-6 run, to take a 46-29 lead at the intermission. Dixie State pushed the lead to 21 points at 61-40 early in the second half, and would extend the lead to as many as 32 points in the half before settling for the 28-point win. The Bears hit on 20-of-58 of their shot attempts (.345), including 6-of-16 (.375) from the three-point line. Jaylen Rose led Bristol with 10 points off the bench.

Game two of the Utah swing the Bears traveled to Cedar City, Utah, to take on the Thunderbirds of Southern Utah University, a Division 1 team out of the Big Sky Conference. The Thunderbirds jumped out early against the Bears taking a 11-0 lead. The Bears did not shoot the ball well in the opening half, which allowed the Thunderbirds to dominate the first half, outscoring the Bears 40–8. The Bears shot the ball better in the second half, but weren't able to cut into the Thunderbirds huge lead, as they stayed ahead by a large margin and won the game 79–41. Michael Johnson finished as the Bears leading scorer, with 11 points on four-of-seven shooting, and 8 rebounds. 

The Bears next game is against Occidental College, in Eagle Rock, C.A., on Wednesday, December 16th, at 7:00 p.m.