BETHANY MEN LOOK SHARP IN DOWNING ALLEGHENY TO OPEN SEASON
Nov. 15 - MEADVILLE, Pa. – Led by senior British Alexander’s (Dayton, Ohio/Trotwood Madison) 19 points, 12 rebounds and five blocked shots, the Bethany College men’s basketball team outscored host Allegheny by 20 points in the second half of an 82-60 Bison victory Tuesday in the season opener for both sides.
The first half was tightly contested throughout with six ties and five lead changes. The Bison took their largest lead when junior guard Reece Mabery (Natrona Heights, Pa./Highlands) buried a three with 1:11 left before halftime for a seven-point advantage, but the Gators answered with a trey from Devone McLeod and a jumper by James Ness in the final minute to make it a 35-33 BC lead at intermission.
The tale of the first half was a hot-shooting Allegheny team that knocked down 58 percent (14-24) from the field against an opportunistic Bethany side, as the Green and White forced 14 turnovers and turned those into 16 points.
The contest remained close through the early stages of the second period. A Gator foul shot made it 52-46 BC with 14 minutes left, but junior forward Nick Wilcox (Venetia, Pa./Peters Township) had two baskets in a quick 8-0 surge that swelled the Bison cushion to 60-46 less than two minutes later. Allegheny could only get within single digits once the rest of the night.
Any chance of an Allegheny comeback was erased when Bethany ran off a 12-1 run, which featured nine points from junior guard James Barton (Bethel Park, Pa.) and a triple from sophomore Leslie Addy (Columbia, Md./St. Vincent Pallotti) that put BC ahead 80-57 with five minutes to play. The Bison would go on to win their third season opener in the last four seasons.
Four different players notched double-digit points for Bethany, who shot 50 percent in the second half and committed only six turnovers in the victory. Alexander had another solid all-around night with the 19 markers and his dozen boards included five on the offensive end. Barton was next on the list with 18 points, followed closely by Mabery with 16 points and four assists and Wilcox, who chipped in 13 points and six steals.
For the Gators, who turned the ball over 23 times in the loss, James Ness recorded a double-double with a game-high 20 points and 10 rebounds.
Bethany will be in action again Friday night in its home opener, as it welcomes Baldwin-Wallace to Hummel Field House for a 7 p.m. tip-off.