Barons score 78-53 win over GACC foe Warriors

MOUNT VERNON, Ga. - With two of the Georgia-Alabama-Carolina Conference's strongest men's basketball teams visiting Brewton-Parker College later in the week, Barons coach Steve Barker stressed the need for his team to play well Monday night against Southern Wesleyan University.
The Barons shot better than 53 percent both overall and from 3-point range in the first half and were led defensively by sophomore post Bryan Jett's nine blocked shots and four steals in taking a 78-53 win over the visiting Warriors.
"I thought our defense was the key," said Barker, whose team (9-8 overall, 2-1 GACC) allowed Southern Wesleyan just 26.2 percent shooting accuracy with 13 blocks and seven steals. "The guys were taking charges and grabbing rebounds, and they will be asked to step up and do that on big nights."
The Barons used an 8-0 run that included a basket off a steal and a 3-pointer by junior guard Jarvis Smith to take a 29-18 lead with 8:07 left in the first half.
Brewton-Parker senior guard Derrick Hairston scored twice and made an assist to junior post Hector Solano to complete a 7-0 run that put the Barons ahead 45-27 with 3:16 left in the half. Southern Wesleyan scored the half's last five points to close the halftime margin to 45-32.
The Warriors (2-10, 0-2) scored the first six points of the second half to close to within seven, but Brewton-Parker answered with a 13-0 run to take a 58-38 lead and establish a double-digit lead it would not relinquish. The Barons' biggest lead was 28 at 76-48 with 1:56 remaining.
The Barons were well balanced offensively, with Jett and senior guard Josh Stuart scoring 11 points apiece. Jett was 5-for-6 from the floor, and Stuart was 4-for-7, going 3-for-4 from 3-point range. Smith added 10 points.
Jerans Rapley led the Warriors with 11 points.
"We needed a game such as this to help us forget about Southern Tech (a 92-85 loss in double overtime at Southern Polytechnic State University on Saturday) and to hopefully give us momentum going into the Auburn-Montgomery and Faulkner games," Barker said of the GACC's tradition-rich tandem from Montgomery, Ala.
Auburn-Montgomery (6-4, 2-0) visits Brewton-Parker for an 8 p.m. game Thursday, and Faulkner (10-3, 2-0) brings its No. 10 ranking from this week's NAIA Division I poll into the Student Activities Center on Saturday at 2 p.m.

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Brewton-Parker College sophomore post Bryan Jett finishes a dunk in the second half of the Barons' 78-53 win Monday night over Southern Wesleyan University in Georgia-Alabama-Carolina Conference action at BPC's Student Activities Center in Mount Vernon, Ga. Junior Barons teammate Hector Solano (No. 21) is also pictured. (Photo by Charles Conkin)