LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN -- On Senior Night, senior Berto Dryden scored 21 points and the Covenant men's basketball team extended its winning streak to seven with a 76-64 victory over Ferrum in USA South action.
Before the game, Dryden and fellow senior Patjo Twagirayezu were honored for their careers at Covenant. The duo, both transfers, have been integral parts of the program's success over the last three seasons winning 47 games, a USA South Tournament title, and making the program's first NCAA Tournament.
Dryden's 21 points moves him just eight points shy of 1,000 for his entire collegiate career. The guard was 8-of-14 from the floor with five 3-pointers to go along with four rebounds and three assists. Twagirayezu scored six points and grabbed four rebounds.
The win pushed Covenant's win streak to seven. The Scots (15-8, 10-5 USA South) also moved into second place in the USA South West Division after Piedmont fell earlier in the day. Covenant, which has already clinched a berth to the USA South Tournament, is vying for a top-two seed in the West in order to host a quarterfinal round game in the tournament.
The difference in Saturday's contest with Ferrum was the early minutes of the second half. Covenant led 37-34 at the break, but the Scots scored the first eight points of the second half, backed by back-to-back 3-pointers from Dryden and a basket from Caleb Haynes, to go ahead 45-34. The lead stretched to 12 on a James Mitchell 3-pointer with 13:03 left and the lead never dipped below double digits the rest of the way.
Mitchell hit eight 3-pointers for the Scots, giving him 100 on the year, and finished with a game-high 24 points. Bailey Spragg chipped in six points with five rebounds and three assists and Jared Jauch also tallied six points to go with two assists. Haynes ended with six points and four boards.
Ferrum (5-17, 3-11 USA South) received 22 points and nine rebounds from Marcus Huff and a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds from Josh Dudley. RJ Turner and Rashad Reed had 14 points apiece for the visiting Panthers who shot 48.1 percent (25-of-52) for the game.
Covenant struggled to connect in the early part of the first half, but managed 52 percent shooting in the half to take a three-point lead into the break. For the game, the Scots hit 14 3-pointers and shot 51.8 percent (29-of-56) from the field.
Covenant will play its final regular season home game on Tuesday against Brevard. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m.
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