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Feb. 10 - BETHANY, W.Va. – The biggest game of the season to date is this Saturday for the Bethany College men’s basketball team when it travels to Thiel for a showdown between the top two teams in the PAC standings. Tip-off in Greenville is slated for 3 p.m.

The Bison (19-3, 11-2) stayed within a half-game of the Tomcats (15-6, 12-2) by posting a 75-44 victory at Waynesburg Wednesday night. It was just a two-point BC lead with 17:43 to play in the second half before the Green and White erupted to outscore the Yellow Jackets 41-12 the rest of the way and post their 20th consecutive win over Waynesburg. Junior guard James Barton (Bethel Park, Pa.) was 5-for-5 from the floor in the second half and finished with a team-best 18 points, while juniors Brady Pacific (Avonmore, Pa./Kiski) and Nick Wilcox (Venetia, Pa./Peters Township) fired in 13 apiece.

While Bethany relies heavily on its top six players for production, a couple freshmen off the BC bench have started to step up with key contributions. In the win over Washington & Jefferson Feb. 4, Dylan Gravatt (Franklin, Pa./Rocky Grove) played 20 minutes and matched his career-high with 10 points while also pulling down four rebounds. Fellow freshman Delonte Joyce (Annapolis, Md.) also aided in the W&J victory with four points and five boards and then on Wednesday, he played 19 minutes and totaled eight points, eight rebounds and three steals.

Despite Joyce’s career-high, Bethany was still out-rebounded by Waynesburg 41-33, just the ninth time all season the Bison have been beaten on the glass. All three of BC’s setbacks have come when they’ve lost the battle on the boards, including the first match-up with Thiel Jan. 11th when the Tomcats earned a 50-31 rebounding margin.

In that meeting between Bethany and Thiel, won by the Tomcats 69-57, the Bison fell behind 33-25 at halftime. They were able to get as close as three points on several occasions in the second half, but could move no closer. Leading TC was Devon Adams with 19 points, Chace McKinney with 13 and Blair Rozenblad with 10 points and 15 boards. For Bethany, Wilcox led all scorers with 20 and made five steals and Barton notched 14.

The Tomcats, who undefeated at home this year (8-0) and have won 18 straight regular season games on their home floor, just completed a three-game road swing Wednesday night at Geneva. After dropping the first two legs of the trip at Saint Vincent and Thomas More, Thiel overcame a 13-point second half deficit and withstood three Geneva chances in the final five seconds to hold on for a 78-75 victory. Rozenblad tallied 20 to lead the way, while Adams totaled 19 points, six assists and six rebounds and Anthony Harvey scored 16.

Since that first meeting with Bethany, Rozenblad has been a tear, averaging 17.5 points and 13.3 rebounds with six double-doubles in eight games. He has now risen to fourth in the league with 15.5 points per game and continues to sit atop the conference rankings in rebounding with 10.4. Adams is also a force with 13.3 points and a PAC-high 4.95 assists a game. In addition, Harvey is putting in 11.6 points per game and is fourth in the PAC in free throw shooting at 82.4 percent, which was aided by his 14-for-15 performance from the line at Geneva.

Fans that can not make the trip to Thiel for the games can follow the action live from their home computer. Both the women’s and men’s games on Saturday will be video streamed live as the “Games of the Week” by the PAC Sports Network at .