Piedmont coasts past Bob Jones 109-85

DEMOREST, Ga. – There was little doubt inside Cave Arena Tuesday evening as Piedmont men’s basketball rolled to a 109-85 victory over Bob Jones. Ryan Jolly scored his 1,000th career point for the Lions on his first basket of the contest, ending the night with 20 points.

The Bruins came out of the gate strong as the two were knotted at 11 early, but the Lions went on a 12-2 run to distance themselves, making it 23-13 with just under 12 minutes to play. Piedmont poured it on down the stretch, totaling 60 points in the first half to lead 60-42 at the break.

The Lions shot nearly 69% from the floor in the first half with nine made 3-pointers, though Bob Jones tallied eight made threes.

The second half saw Piedmont build a 28-point lead within the first five minutes, and it was never less than a 20-point game from that point on.

With just over seven minutes remaining in the game, head coach Greg Neeley subbed out all starters and worked others into the game. In those final minutes, the Lions were able to top 100 points for the second time this season.

Ryan Jolly led Piedmont with 20 points, while Fisher Darden added 17. Jolly was one away from a double-double ending the night with nine assists while Joe Helenbrook tallied 16 points and nine rebounds.

Up next, the Lions will play at Methodist on December 15th at noon.

–The Bruins got as close as nine points inside the final four minutes of the first half, but Piedmont took an 18 point lead into the break 60-42.

–Ryan Jolly ended the night with 20 points as his first bucket of the night was his 1,000th of his career.

–Six total Lions ended the night scoring in double figures.

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