Jan. 29 – Bethany, W. Va. – The Bison men’s basketball program used a solid all-around effort, as all five starters registered double figures in Bethany’s 79-56 win over Geneva College on Wednesday.
The Bison (15-4, 8-2 PAC) never trailed in the contest, jumping out to a 17-10 advantage over the first four-and-a-half minutes of play. Bethany received seven consecutive points from Leslie Addy (Columbia, Md./St. Vincent Pallotti) and two three-point baskets by Tryone Smothers (Baltimore, Md./Mergenthaler) to jump out to the early seven-point advantage.
The Golden Tornadoes would hang around in the first half, eventually cutting the Bison lead to four points (28-24) on a pair of free throws by Trevor York with 7:52 to play in the first stanza. That, however, would prove to be the Bison’s smallest lead throughout the rest of the contest.
Over the final 7:52 of the first frame, Bethany embarked on a 9-2 run, which included a three-point basket by Darrian Bruster (Cleveland, Ohio/Cleveland Central Catholic), as well as four consecutive points by Delonte’ Joyce (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis). The run helped the Bison open an 11-point advantage (37-26) going into the halftime break.
Bethany began the second half the same way it finished the first. The offensive onslaught continued for the Bison, who opened the second stanza on an 18-4 run, to extend the lead to 25 points (55-30) with 15:12 to play in the contest.
In a 12:40 span that totaled parts of the first and second halves, the Bison put together a 27-6 run to open the comfortable advantage.
Geneva would get as close as 17 points (57-40) with 12:15 to play, but Bethany would again answer. This time, the Bison would extend their lead to the largest of the game when Antonio Rudolph (New Castle, Pa./New Castle) converted on an “old fashioned” three-point play with 4:33 to go. The basket and ensuing free throw netted Bethany a 28-point advantage (74-46). The Bison would then cruise to the 79-56 victory.
Offensively, five different players notched double figures for the Bison, led by Addy’s 17. Joyce finished the day with 12 points while Lawrence Weldon (Baltimore, Md./Poly) added 11. Smothers and Kevin Jackson (Baltimore, Md./Walbrook) scored 10 points each. The game marked the 10th time this season that the Bison have had at least five players score in double figures.
Bethany played very efficiently on the offensive side of the floor, committing a season-low eight turnovers while totaling 17 assists.
On the defensive side, the Bison held Geneva to just 37 percent shooting on the day, while forcing the Golden Tornadoes into 14 turnovers. Bethany registered 10 steals in the game, marking the 14th time during the 2013-14 campaign that they have logged double-digit thefts. So far on the year, the Bison are 12-2 when notching at least 10 steals.
Bethany will be back in action on Saturday, Feb. 1, as the Bison travel to Grove City, Pa. for a conference battle with the Wolverines. The contest is scheduled for a 3 p.m. tip.