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BETHANY IMPROVES TO 2-0 IN PAC WITH WIN AT WAYNESBURG
Dec. 5 - WAYNESBURG, Pa. – Senior Jonas Ankrom (Canonsburg, Pa./Canon-McMillan) came off the bench to score a career-high 18 points as the Bethany men’s basketball team improved to 2-0 in the PAC with a 70-52 victory at Waynesburg Saturday.
The game featured three lead changes and one tie in the opening nine minutes, as the Yellow Jackets took a 14-13 lead on a three from Erik Noone. On their next possession, freshman Damien Green (Newport News, Va./Denbigh) gave the Bison (4-3, 2-0) the lead with a jumper and Ankrom then sandwiched two treys around a lay-in to put BC in front 23-16. That margin was still at 32-26 before Bethany went scoreless in the final three minutes and Waynesburg (0-6, 0-1) scored six straight to draw even heading into halftime.
Bethany had a four-point lead early in the second half, which was erased by a jumper and three from Steven Iser that gave the hosts a 41-40 advantage. The Bison responded by ripping off 13 of the next 15 points to take control of the game. Freshman Nick Wilcox (Venetia, Pa./Peters Twp.) started the run with a lay-up and a three-point play and then capped the run by drilling a three. After Waynesburg’s Ryan Courneen hit a triple, sophomore Reggie Baptiste (Brooklyn, N.Y./Pacific) posted back-to-back buckets and the Bison lead was never smaller than 11 the rest of the way as they went on to grab their 15th consecutive victory over the Yellow Jackets.
Although Bethany (39.3) didn’t shoot much better than Waynesburg (37.5), they dominated the boards with a 52-25 advantage. That total included 19 offensive rebounds, which were converted into 20 second chance points.
The Bison scoring attack was balanced, as nine different players notched at least two points. Ankrom cashed in three three-pointers on his way to a career-best 18 and also grabbed six rebounds. Wilcox had an outstanding effort on both ends of the floor, as he finished with 14 points and team-leading totals of eight boards and five steals.
For the Yellow Jackets, Courneen bucketed a game-high 20 and Iser totaled 11 in the defeat.
Now in first place in the PAC, Bethany will be off for the next week before returning home to host Geneva next Saturday at 4 p.m.