Men's Basketball

Freshman hits 11 of 12 threes for Transy record

"Showtime" traditionally comes late in blowouts.

Wednesday night, Transylvania wowed the Beck Center crowd from the get-go en route to a 92-63 Heartland Conference victory over Mount St. Joseph.

Barrett Meyer, a 6-foot-2 freshman out of Franklin County, was lead showman.

His 7-for-7 three-point shooting gave him 21 first-half points, two more than his previous best for a game.

Meyer went 4-for-5 from long distance in the second half, finishing with 33 points and a school-record 11 treys. The former record of nine was set by Rod Runyon in 1990.

"I've seen some nights where some Transy players had it going," said Coach Brian Lane, who played alongside Runyon. "But ... on some of them, there was no follow-through. It was like 'get it up in the air and start running back.' It was neat to see."

Meyer, 0-for-3 from close range, led Transy (9-6, 5-2 HCAC) with six rebounds.

"It feels great," the record-setter said. "We really were just focused on bouncing back from a bad home loss (91-72 vs. Anderson), and I just happened to have the hot hand."

The long-distance display got underway with Chris Owens, who scored Transy's first points with back-to-back threes. Within minutes, Meyer had a pair of treys, and Transy led 16-2.

Transy finished 16-for-23 (69.6 percent) from three-point range, to Mount St. Joe's 6-for-19 (31.6 percent).

Midway through the first half, Meyer hit three triples in a row. Transy led 36-10, with Meyer up 15-10 on the Lions.

After Meyer's 33, Transy got 14 points from Tim Tierney and 12 from Brandon Rash. Tierney added five rebounds and six assists.

Coming off Saturday's loss, Lane said, he stressed effort, screening, offensive rebounding and defense. He benched Blake McCowan for the first time all year in favor of a smaller lineup. Also, Lane stressed: "When we had the hand on the throat, keep squeezing it tighter."

The Pioneers led 49-31 at halftime and never led by less than 16 in the second half.

McCowan came off the bench to net seven points, six assists and three steals.

Meyer hit his eighth trey with 15:25 left.

After a Transy timeout at 6:00, Meyer tied the record with a left-wing bull's-eye.

The record-breaker, from well beyond NBA range came with 4:14 left. Less than 30 seconds later, he drained an even longer pressured shot.

How far out?

"I don't know," he said. "I was just looking at the goal.

"When I had nine threes, Drew Kring subbed in and came up and told me that I needed one more, and he told me he was going to give me the ball. I was just letting it go, and they were falling."

Michael Romes led the Lions (7-7, 2-4) with 20 points.