Jan. 12 - BETHANY, W.Va. – All 12 players who saw time scored and five reached double figures, as the Bethany men’s basketball team rolled to a 93-56 victory Monday night over visiting Franciscan in non-conference action.
The Bison (9-6) fired in a trio of three-pointers during a 14-3 spurt to start the game. A lay-up by Curtis Allen brought the Barons (3-7) back within single digits at 16-7, but BC tore off 14 consecutive points to balloon their margin to 30-7 and Franciscan’s deficit was never less than 10 the rest of the night. Bethany would go to halftime with a 50-25 advantage behind 60 percent (18-30) shooting.
Bethany’s lead grew to 30 in the opening minutes of the second half, but Franciscan kept battling. Forward Josh Ducoulombier canned a pair of treys and a lay-up in a 15-6 spurt by the visitors, with his last triple cutting the Bison lead to 61-40 at the 12:37 mark.
Another big run by the Bison put this one in the books and kept the Green and White perfect at home this season (7-0). BC outscored the Barons 18-6 over the next five minutes, with freshman Lance Beckwith (Raleigh, N.C./Word of God Christian Academy) notching seven and junior Joe Testa (Amity, Pa./Trinity) dropping in six during that stretch. Bethany’s big lead allowed head coach Mike Summey to go to the bench early and by the end of the contest, eight of the 12 Bison tallied at least eight markers.
Spearheading the balanced offense was sophomore Dakota Matz (Zanesville, Ohio), Testa and Beckwith all with 12. Testa also pulled down 10 rebounds for his fourth double-double of the season, while Matz handed out nine assists to match his career-high and Beckwith dished off five helpers.
Others reaching double figures was junior Jay Lyonett (Weirton, W.Va./Brooke) and freshman Jimmy Reeves (Macedonia, Ohio/Nordonia) with 10 points apiece. Reeves added in five rebounds and four blocks in the victory.
Ducoulombier led Franciscan’s efforts with 19 points and eight rebounds and Robert Slattery chipped in with 11 points.
After completing their five-games-in-10-days stretch with a 4-1 record, the Bison have a couple extra days off. They will return to action Saturday with a road trip to Westminster (2-12, 2-2), as Bethany tries to stay alone in first place in the PAC. Tip-off is slated for 4 p.m.