Nov. 20 - WOOSTER, Ohio – The Bethany College men’s basketball team shot just 32 percent (19-60) and suffered a 79-52 defeat at Wooster, who entered the season ranked sixth in the D3Hoops.com Preseason Top 25 poll.
The Scots (2-0) burst out of the gate with a 26-4 blitz to seize control. The Bison (1-2) slowly chipped into the Wooster lead, as freshman Noel Powell (Trenton, N.J./Apex Academy) hit a pair of threes and a jumper to get BC started. A three-pointer at the halftime buzzer by sophomore Nick Wilcox (Venetia, Pa./Peters Township) brought Bethany within 41-26 going into the break.
Wooster opened the second half with a three-pointer, but a mini 7-0 spurt coming off baskets by sophomore James Barton (Bethel Park, Pa.) and senior Ryan McFadden (Columbus, Ohio/Mount Vernon Academy) and another trey from Wilcox sliced the Scots lead to 44-33. Barton would hit a jumper a few minutes later to bring the Bison within 49-37, but Wooster responded with eight straight points to swell their cushion back to 20. Bethany would only get as close as 17 after that and the Scots pulled away to claim the win.
Barton and Powell posted eight points each to lead the Bison in the setback and junior British Alexander (Dayton, Ohio/Trotwood Madison) totaled six points and a team-leading six boards.
For Wooster, Nathan Balch had a game-high 21 points and Ian Franks dropped in 18.
Bethany will return to the court Tuesday by traveling to Muskingum for an 8 p.m. tip-off.