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Nov. 28 - WEST LIBERTY, W.Va. – The Bethany College men’s basketball team shot a blistering 64 percent in the first half to race out to a 50-33 halftime lead and go on to claim a 93-75 triumph over Ohio-Eastern on the second day of the Wendy’s Classic at West Liberty State.

The Bison (3-2) trailed 11-9 early on, but a three from junior guard Carey Palermo (Youngstown, Ohio/Ursuline) sparked a 16-1 blitz that put the Green and White out to a comfortable 25-12 advantage. Freshman guard Dakota Matz (Zanesville, Ohio) canned a pair of treys during the run. Those were just two of seven triples recorded by BC in the first half, as junior Tyler Morando (Wheeling, W.Va./Wheeling Central) led the long-range attack with a trio of three-pointers.

Bethany didn’t do all their damage from the arc in the first half. Junior Joe Testa (Amity, Pa./Trinity) posted 13 markers by going 5-for-6 from the foul line and 4-for-5 from the field, which was part of Bethany’s 18-for-28 effort from the floor in the opening period.

The second half saw more balanced scoring from the Bison, as four more players would reach double figures by the end. Senior guard Brody Jackson (Akron, Ohio/Manchester) knocked down a jumper with 14:21 to go to give Bethany their biggest lead of the game at 62-38 and BC cruised to the victory.

Six players ended the night with 11 or more points for Bethany, led by Testa, who just missed a double-double with 18 points and nine rebounds. Jackson, who also set a career-high with nine assists, and Morando each pumped in 13 and three Bison notched 11, including Palermo, Matz and sophomore forward Ryan Besancon (Wooster, Ohio/Waynedale).

Ohio-Eastern was paced by Colin Hudson and Dan Milleson with 15 points apiece.

Bethany will now prepare to open their PAC schedule on Saturday when they host Thomas More (Ky.) College at 4 p.m. The Saints, who finished 3-23 a year ago, were off to a 2-2 start heading into Wednesday’s contest at Wilmington (Ohio) College.