Senior Charles Brodhead (Lompoc, Calif.) cooly connected on 18 points to become the Bears all-time leading scorer last Friday night. In their season opening loss to Ecclesia College (Springdale, Ark.), Brodhead surpassed Thad Roher who had set the mark at 1,846 points back in the 1991 season. Roher impressively set the record after just three seasons and 72 games with the Bears and averaging 25.6 points per contest over that span. Brodhead, on the other hand, has consistently averaged 20 plus points over 88 games.
The record breaking game for Brodhead ended in a 93-97 loss for the Bears. After just 14 practices, the Bears took NCCAA Division I Ecclesia to the wire before falling short. With the game all knotted up in the waining minutes of the game, the Bears were unable to win the rebounding battle. Ecclesia capitalized on enough of the extra possessions to secure the win.
On Saturday the Bears participated in the annual John Brown University (Siloam Springs, Ark.) toilet paper game. In front of a capacity crowd, the Bears were unable to keep pace with the NAIA Division I Golden Eagles. Connecting on a measly 19 percent of their first half shots, the Bears dug themselves an early hole and were never in the game. Even though an exhibition for the Bears, the disappointing loss will prove to be a valuable learning experience as the season progresses.
Next up is the Bears first home game on Tuesday night at 7 pm. They will take on NAIA Division II Graceland University (Lamoni, Iowa).