Nov. 20 - NEW CONCORD, Ohio – In a game that saw 50 fouls called and 75 free throws attempted, the Bethany College men’s basketball team outlasted Muskingum for a 97-87 victory Tuesday night in a non-conference tilt.
The back-and-forth contest, which featured 11 ties and 11 lead changes, saw the teams light up the scoreboard in a hot-shooting first half. The Bison (2-1) knocked down 50 percent of their shots from the floor, including 4-of-8 from the arc, as they led by as many as seven.
The Muskies (0-3), who drained 7-of-11 from the arc in hitting 52 percent from the field, rallied back with a 12-4 run to take a 47-45 lead, but jumpers from junior Devon Braswell (Detroit, Mich./Communication Media Arts) and senior James Barton (right - Bethel Park, Pa.) and a free throw by senior Nick Wilcox (Venetia, Pa./Peters Township) lifted BC back into the lead at 50-47 going into halftime.
The lead switched hands numerous times between the teams for more than 10 minutes of the second half. Muskingum held a 69-68 advantage with nine minutes to play when Bethany seized control with a 12-0 run, which featured a pair of buckets from Barton and a three-pointer from junior Leslie Addy (Columbia, Md./St. Vincent Palotti). After a Wilcox lay-in with 3:47 to play gave the Green and White an 84-73 lead, the Bison did not hit another field goal the rest of the game. But Bethany was able to put the game away by sinking 13-of-16 from the free throw line down the stretch.
The Bison put four scorers in double digits in the victory, led by Wilcox (right). He recorded a double-double with 19 points and 11 rebounds and added four steals and three assists. Barton fired in 17 as well, senior Brady Pacific (Avonmore, Pa./Kiski) hit for 16 and senior Reece Mabery (Natrona Heights, Pa./Highlands) had 14 markers and four assists.
The Muskies were spearheaded by Dave Brown, who knocked down six three-pointers and went 10-for-10 from the foul line for a game-high 32 points, and Phil Ellis, who dropped in 12 off the bench.
Bethany will return from the Thanksgiving break Saturday by hosting Penn State-Fayette at 3 p.m.