Dubuque, IA - To start the spring semester, the NCCAA Division II #9 ranked Barclay College Bears trekked all the way to the north country for a pair of games at Emmaus Bible College over the weekend. Playing host Emmaus Bible and Dayspring Bible College out of north Chicago, the Bears were able to start the spring semester off with two wins.
On Friday, January 11th the Bears tackled the Eagles of Emmaus Bible. Thanks to Sophomore Brandon Howarth's 18 first half points, the Bears were able to head into the half with an 8 point lead. In the second half, the Bears adjusted to the Eagle zone and were able to pull away late for a 77-61 road win. Four Bears reached double figure scoring for a balanced offensive attack.
Saturday afternoon the Bears were up against Dayspring Bible. Dayspring's athleticism kept the contest close through the first half and into the second half. However, early in the second half, the Bears went on a run to push the lead to double digits. Dayspring mounted one last run to cut the lead to five before the Bears cruised to a 91-79 victory.
Senior Toney Hatton led the way for the Bears with 26 points and 10 rebounds while Sophomore Charles Brodhead also netted a double-double with 24 points and 12 rebounds. Sophomore Spencer Huiatt contributed 9 assists.
The Bears (9-2, 3-0) travel to Kansas City, MO for an MCCC contest with Calvary Bible College at 7:30 PM CST on Friday, January 18th and then to Joplin, MO to face Ozark Christian at 3:00 PM CST.