Nov. 16 - CRESSON, Pa. – A three-pointer by Allegheny (Pa.) College’s Charlie Jaicks with 13 seconds left put his team in front for good, as the Gators (1-0) slipped past the Bethany College men’s basketball team (0-1) 69-68 in the first round of Mt. Aloysius (Pa.) College Tournament Friday night.
The Bison drop into the consolation game, where they will play the host Mounties Saturday at 2 p.m. Salisbury (Md.) University, who defeated Mt. Aloysius 83-80, will take on Allegheny in Saturday’s title tilt.
Bethany led 14-13 through the opening nine minutes of the first half before a pair of threes from senior guard Brody Jackson (Akron, Ohio/Manchester) ignited a 15-2 BC spurt that gave them their biggest lead of the game at 29-15 with four minutes left in the stanza. The Gators responded by scoring the final eight points of the half, six from Craig Devinney, to make it a 29-23 Bethany lead at intermission.
Allegheny would tie the game at 37-37 with 15 minutes to play, but the Green and White used a 14-4 run to take a 51-41 advantage with 11:35 left. Jackson again sparked the surge with seven consecutive points to start the rally and then capped it with a trey.
The Bison lead stood at 65-58 with 2:45 to play, but BC would not score again until the final seconds. Allegheny rallied behind four points from Bill Babe and a pair of free throws from Jaicks to climb within one at 65-64 with a minute left. On their next possession, Jaicks missed a three but the Gators grabbed the offensive board and Jaicks would can his second attempt from deep with 13 ticks showing on the clock to put Allegheny on top 67-65.
Bethany had a chance to tie the game, but missed a pair of free throws. They did manage to grab the rebound and call a timeout they believed they had, but the officials said they did not. The Bison were assessed a technical foul and Jaicks sank both free throws to make a four-point spread. Matz hit a three with a second to play, but it only made the final score 69-68 in favor of Allegheny.
Jackson led all scorers in the contest with 22 points and also pulled down five rebounds. Matz hit for double figures in his first collegiate game with 14 markers, while junior Tyler Morando (Wheeling, W.Va./Wheeling Central) fired in three three-pointers and tallied 11.
Allegheny had three players in double digits, led by Jaicks with 15 and Babe with 14. Forward Ryan Hollihan collected a double-double with 10 points and 10 boards as well.