BETHANY COASTS TO 70-49 VICTORY OVER SAINT VINCENT
Feb. 15 - BETHANY, W.Va. – Freshman Nick Wilcox (Venetia, Pa./Peters Township) led a balanced attack with 16 points, as the Bethany College men’s basketball team cruised to a 70-49 victory over visiting Saint Vincent Monday night at Hummel Field House.
The non-conference victory improved the Bison’s record to 16-7 overall, while the Bearcats, who complete their transition to NCAA Division III next year, fall to 6-17.
Freshman James Barton (Bethel Park, Pa.) sparked Bethany to a big lead, as he scored nine during a 14-0 game-opening run. Saint Vincent didn’t score until eight minutes passed in the first half, but then tallied nine in a row to get back within five. The Bison posted another solid run, as triples from Wilcox and senior Jay Lyonett (Weirton, W.Va./Brooke) capped a 15-6 surge and the home team would carry a 35-26 advantage into the break.
The teams exchanged scores early in the second half before BC seized control. Five different players scored during a 14-2 push, which swelled the Bison lead to 56-33 at the 12:11 mark. The Bearcats would get inside of 20 points one time the rest of the way and Bethany motored to their seventh win in the last nine games.
Nine different players hit the scorebook for the Green and White, led by Wilcox with 16 on 6-for-8 shooting. He also added five steals and five rebounds. The only other Bison to reach double digits in points was Barton with 11, although senior Jonas Ankrom (Canonsburg, Pa./Canon-McMillan) grabbed 12 boards and senior Joe Testa (Amity, Pa./Trinity) snared 11 to pace Bethany’s 43-27 rebounding advantage.
For Saint Vincent, guard B,J. McGill, the leading scorer in the PAC coming into the night at 22.5 points per game, finished with 19 and also grabbed 10 rebounds.
Bethany will return to the hardwood Saturday afternoon for their regular season finale against Washington & Jefferson at 4 p.m. The Bison need a win over the Presidents to secure no worse than the fourth seed and a home game for next week’s PAC Tournament quarterfinals.