Bruins men fall to PCC Eagles 78-61

The Bruins men’s basketball team fell 78-61 against the Pensacola Christian College Eagles Feb. 7, dropping their record on the road to 1-11.

As the two teams took the court, the Bruins were hoping to bounce back from their home loss against PCC a couple of weeks earlier. PCC grabbed an early 7-point lead over the Bruins, but BJU battled back to take a 15-14 lead on a shot by junior forward Kyle Turner.

The two teams continued to lobby for control throughout the first half, but after Kyle Turner’s 3-point shot gave the Bruins a 26-25 lead, the Eagles began a 7-0 run and went into the locker room with a 37-28 lead.

In the second half, the Bruins were able to make a quick defensive stop but failed to score on the other end, and PCC expanded its lead.

Then the Bruins went on a 9-0 run early in the half and looked to make a comeback against the Eagles. But the Eagles’ size and hot shooting were able to help them build a lead back up and fend off the Bruins.

Led by sophomore guard Joel Thomas, who scored 26 points, the Eagles kept their lead around a 10-point margin for most of the half, and used their strong defense and foul shooting to land a 78-61 win.

The Bruins played with a lot of heart, and fought hard against the Eagles but ultimately struggled on both offense and defense with the size PCC had inside the paint.

The Bruins struggled with foul trouble while trying to play inside and were forced to rotate their line-up for most of the game.

The Bruins were also out-rebounded 46-32 and turned the ball over 19 times. Freshman guard Dustin Killough scored 18 points while Kyle Turner was one rebound shy of a double-double, snagging 9 and scoring 12 points before fouling out late in the second half.