Nov. 20 - BETHANY, W.Va. – Using a 36-8 advantage in points in the paint in the second half, the Bethany College men’s basketball team (2-1) pulled away for a 92-59 victory over visiting Pitt-Greensburg (0-3) Tuesday night.
The Bison blew out to a 16-8 lead early in the contest, but the Bobcats responded with eight straight points to even the score at 16. The Green and White would take a 29-26 lead with five minutes left before the break and seized control with a 13-3 run heading into halftime to build a 42-29 advantage.
Leading Bethany was junior Petre Petkovski (Wheeling, W.Va./Wheeling Park), who had 15 by halftime, but the Bobcats outscored BC in the paint 20-18 through the opening stanza to stay withing striking distance.
That would quickly change in the second half. It was a 59-44 BC lead with 13 minutes to play, but the Bison’s margin expanded to 71-46 following a 12-2 run that featured three lay-ups. One of those was by freshman Dakota Matz (Zanesville, Ohio), who followed it up with consecutive threes. Following that run, UPG was never closer than 23 the rest of the night and Bethany claimed their second consecutive victory.
Aided by their 28-point advantage inside in the final 20 minutes, the Bison shot 55 percent (21-38) in the second half. Defensively, they limited the Bobcats to 33 percent shooting (11-33) and forced 13 more turnovers, which gave Pitt-Greensburg 26 for the game.
Petkovski led the Bison offense with 21 points and also pulled down a team-leading eight rebounds. Sophomore forward Joe Testa (Amity, Pa./Trinity) came off the bench with 16 points and seven rebounds and senior guard Brody Jackson (Akron, Ohio/Manchester) had 15 markers.
Although he didn’t record double figures in any stats, senior guard Marcus Adams (Columbus, Ohio/Mount Vernon Academy) did a little bit of everything Tuesday, as he handed out a career-high nine assists for the second straight game, scored five points, made four steals, blocked two shots and pulled down two boards.
The Bobcats were led by Daniel Waajid with 23 points and 12 rebounds and Jacquet Wells with 11.
Bethany is now off for the Thanksgiving holiday. They will return to the court next Tuesday (Nov. 27) when they face Wheeling Jesuit University in the Wendy’s Classic at West Liberty State College. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m.