Blue Lights College had hopes of improving on last year's runner-up finish at the Bible College National Invitational Tournament, but Toccoa Falls College dashed those dreams 78-49 Thursday night in Jacksonville, Florida.
TFC's size up front caused the Thoroughbreds trouble from the outset. BLC center Chris Koger was double teamed throughout the game, forcing Koger to toss offensive rebounds, when he could get them, back outside. The Eagles were also very active defensively, forcing BLC into 36 turnovers which often led to Toccoa buckets.
Blue Lights, which trailed 32-16 at halftime, made a run in second-half, trimming the deficit to 10. But the Eagles pulled away in the last 10 minutes to ice the victory.
Sophomore guard Kenny Anderson, who had been in a shooting slump the past four games, found his touch in the second half to lead the Herd with 17 points. Jeremiah Baker added 12 and Eric Williams contributed 10. TFC's Cameron Dismuke led all scorers with 22.
The Thoroughbreds will take on Appalachian Bible College Saturday morning at 11 for 5th place.
Later Thursday evening, Anderson and Baker each represented BLC well in the NIT 3-Point Shootout. Baker also made it to the championship round of the NIT Dunk Contest.