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Mountain Lions can’t recover from big deficit in loss

January 23, 2011

Information from wire reports

CLEVELAND, Ga. – The Young Harris College men’s basketball team fell behind early and nearly rallied back from an 18-point first-half deficit, but fell Saturday afternoon to Truett McConnell, 94-74.

Frank Adams led the Mountain Lions with 21 points, including going 11-of-12 from the free-throw line. Bryson Robertson had 19 points and 14 rebounds for a double-double and Steve Viterbo finished with 17 points and nine boards. Matt Preston dished out a team-high seven assists as Young Harris was 23-of-65 from the floor for 35 percent.

The Mountain Lions (3-12) trailed, 22-12, but cut the deficit to 24-19 with 7:43 remaining in the opening half as Young Harris sank five free throws during that span.

However, the Bears (8-9) used a 19-6 run during the next six minutes to grab a 43-25 advantage and Truett McConnell led, 45-27, at the half.

The Mountain Lions trimmed the double-digit deficit to 62-56 on a pair of free throws by Viterbo with 9:45 remaining, but Truett McConnell put the game away with a 28-12 run during the next seven minutes.

Roderick Bombard paced the Bears with 25 points on 8-of-16 shooting and handed out a team-high six assists. Deric Ware and Tre Dudley each had 15 points, while Tulio Yamasita recorded 12 points. Tyron Louis finished with a team-high 11 rebounds as Truett McConnell shot 51 percent (35-of-69).

Young Harris concludes its four-game road trip 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 26 against Berry College.

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