Nov. 29 - BETHANY, W.Va. – The Bethany men’s basketball team (4-2) set school records for largest margin of victory (81) and fewest points allowed since the inception of the shot clock Saturday with a 112-31 triumph over visiting Penn State-Fayette (0-4).
The 81-point margin shattered the earlier record of 62, set on Feb. 14, 1964 in a 110-48 drubbing of Allegheny. Since the shot clock came into existence in 1985-86, the previous low point total given up by a Bethany team came in a 71-46 triumph over Thomas More on Feb. 1, 2006. Saturday was the fewest points allowed by the Bison program overall since a 28-26 victory over Wayne State during the 1964-65 season.
Seniors Carey Palermo (Youngstown, Ohio/Ursuline) and Tyler Morando (Wheeling, W.Va./Wheeling Central) buried threes during an opening 10-0 run and the Bison were off and running. The short-handed Lions, who had only five players and were playing without leading scorer Greg Johnson, tried to stay close, as David Novotney hit a jumper and a trey to get PSU-Fayette within 11 at 25-14 with 13:10 left in the first half.
Bethany would wear down their guests the rest of the half, as they scored 39 of the half’s final 42 points to take a 64-17 lead into the break. BC was red-hot from the arc, burying 9-of-12 from deep, and also out-rebounded the Lions 32-10 through the opening half.
By the end of the contest, all 12 Bison who suited up scored and played at least 12 minutes. The team shot 66.7 percent (42-63) for the game, including 14-for-21 (66.7) from three-point territory, the second-highest three-point percentage by a Bethany team in one game in school history.
Morando led all scorers in the triumph with 21, which included five triples. Junior Jay Lyonett (Weirton, W.Va./Brooke) set a career-high for the second consecutive game with 14 markers. Also reaching double digits was junior Joe Testa (Amity, Pa./Trinity) with 12, Palermo with 11 and freshman Tobi Akinsola (Cary, N.C./Word of God Christian Academy) with 10 on perfect 5-for-5 shooting from the floor.
Leading BC in assists was sophomore Dakota Matz (Zanesville, Ohio) with seven, while freshman Jimmy Reeves (Macedonia, Ohio/Nordonia) grabbed a team-best eight rebounds.
The Lions were led in scoring by Novotney with 14 and Michael Speelman with 10.
The victory was Bethany’s last tune-up for PAC action, as the Bison open defense of last year’s conference championship Wednesday night with a road trip to Thomas More. The Saints (3-1), who suffered an 81-64 setback at Transylvania (Ky.) University Saturday for their first loss of the year, dumped BC 87-78 at Hummel Field House in last year’s league opener. Tip-off in Crestview Hills, Ky., is slated for 7:30 p.m.