BETHANY ERUPTS EARLY, PULLS AWAY FOR 75-50 VICTORY
Jan. 6 - BETHANY, W.Va. – The Bethany College men’s basketball team (9-4, 3-1) scored the first 15 points of Thursday’s game at home against Grove City (4-8, 1-3) and their lead was never smaller than 12 the rest of the night, as they claimed a 75-50 triumph over the Wolverines.
Senior Ryan McFadden (Columbus, Ohio/Mount Vernon Academy) buried a three in the first minute of the game and the Bison were off and running. All five starters scored in their opening 15-0 blitz and Bethany held the Wolverine scoreless until Brett Matson knocked down a trey with 12:35 left in the first half.
The spread swelled to 27-6 on a three by sophomore James Barton (Bethel Park, Pa.) at the 9:46 mark, but Grove City would chip away at the deficit to make it a 39-21 score going into halftime. Sophomore forward Nick Wilcox (Venetia, Pa./Peters Township) was already in the book for 16 markers by the break and BC limited the Wolverines to 28 percent (7-25) shooting in the opening stanza.
Bethany’s advantage grew to as large as 26 at 63-37 with just under eight minutes to go in the game and they maintained their margin by connecting at the foul line. After making just 5-of-11 attempts in Monday’s loss at Thiel, BC shot 75 percent in the second half (18-24) and for the game (21-28) on Thursday.
Wilcox’s big first half helped him set a new career-high with 23 points and he added seven rebounds and five steals as well. McFadden’s opening three was his only points of the first half, but he poured in 14 after intermission to finish with a season-best 17. Junior forward British Alexander (Dayton, Ohio/Trotwood Madison) recorded his second consecutive double-double with 11 markers and 12 boards and Barton cashed in three trifectas to post 10 points.
The highlight for Grove City was Matson, who was the lone man in double digits with 19 points. He made 6-of-8 from the three-point line to tie the school’s single-game record for made threes.
The Bison remain at home for their next contest, as they host Saint Vincent Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m.