BETHANY ROUTS PITT-GREENSBURG FOR FIFTH STRAIGHT WIN
Dec. 30 - BETHANY, W.Va. – Senior Jay Lyonett (Weirton, W.Va./Brooke) hit six three-pointers and matched his career-high with 22 points in the Bethany men’s basketball team’s 85-60 victory over visiting Pitt-Greensburg Wednesday night at Hummel Field House.
The win was the fifth in a row for the Bison, who improved to 7-3 on the season. Pitt-Greensburg dropped to 5-5 with the defeat.
The Bobcats scored the opening bucket of the game, but Lyonett answered with his first triple of the night on the other end and BC never trailed again. Lyonett scored eight during a 13-6 opening run and the Green and White’s lead swelled to 26-15. Pitt-Greensburg chipped away to get within five, but Bethany closed the opening period with a 13-3 surge to take a 41-26 margin into the halftime locker room.
The Bison’s defense set the stage in the opening half, as they harassed UPG into 12 turnovers, which were converted into 18 points.
Three-pointers by Lyonett began and ended a 14-3 run by Bethany to start the second half, which ballooned their cushion to 55-29. From there, BC coasted to the finish, as their lead didn’t shrink below 20 the rest of the night and 11 different players finished with points in the decisive triumph. The Bison continued to capitalize on Bobcat miscues, as they finished with 37 points off 23 turnovers by the visitors.
Lyonett finished the game shooting 7-for-10 from the floor, including 6-for-9 from the arc, as he matched his previous career-best of 22 markers set on Nov. 20 against Wheeling Jesuit. He was joined in double digits by senior Jonas Ankrom (Canonsburg, Pa./Canon-McMillan), who tossed in 13 off the bench, and senior Joe Testa (Amity, Pa./Trinity) and junior Dustin Opalka (Cortland, Ohio/Lakeview) with 11 each.
Wednesday’s triumph was a good start to a busy stretch for the Bison, who play five games in the next 11 days. Bethany remains at home for their next match-up, which comes Saturday when John Carroll (Ohio) University comes to Hummel Field House for a 1 p.m. tip-off. The Blue Streaks (7-3) entered the year ranked second in the nation in the D3Hoops.com preseason poll and are still ninth in the country, but suffered their third loss in their last four games Wednesday with a 92-91 setback at home against undefeated Medaille (N.Y.) College.