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Delonte' Joyce/Alexi Pyles Named Bethany SAAC Athletes of the Week

Jan. 20 - BETHANY, W. Va. - The Bethany College Student-Athlete Advisory Committee has announced that senior basketball standout, Delonte' Joyce (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis) and women's swimming and diving record-breaker, junior Alexi Pyles (Los Angeles, Calif./Granada Hills Charter) have been named the Bethany SAAC Athletes of the Week.

Joyce had a banner week for the Bison as he scored 32 points in back-to-back games to help the men's basketball team defeat Westminster and W&J. Over the course of the two games, Joyce averaged 32 points, six rebounds, 4.5 assists and four steals per night. The senior played efficiently, shooting 54.8% from the field, including 50 percent from deep.

Joyce became the first Bison since Keith Schubert in 2002 to score 30+ points in back-to-back games. He has now scored at least 20 points six times on the year, with the Bison holding a perfect 6-0 record in those instances.

Pyles scored three top-two individual performances in a tri-meet with Saint Vincent and Chatham. Pyles took first in both the 100 backstroke (1:03.89) and 100 butterfly (1:02.01). 

Not only did she capture two firsts, but the junior also broke the Bison school record in the 200 backstroke, shattering Audra Dawson's 1998 mark by finishing with a time of 2:19.85. Along with the individual accomplishments, Pyles swam a leg on a 200 freestyle relay team that notched a third-place finish (1:54.52).

In 16 individual swims this season, Pyles has never finished lower than third place, and has taken first in 11 of the 16. She has also finished lower than second place just once during an individual swim in the entirety of the 2014-15 campaign.

Other nominees for SAAC Athlete of the Week included sophomore Jeremy Starr (Warren, Ohio/Warren G. Harding) and junior Umar Moore (Coraopolis, Pa./Moon) for the men and freshman Kelsea Daugherty (Newport, Ohio/Frontier) and junior Maria Jackson-McBride (Spotsylvania, Va./West Potomac) on the women's side.