Dec. 5 - WAYNESBURG, Pa. – After watching a 24-point second half lead get whittled down to 10, the Bethany College men’s basketball team closed the game with an 18-6 run to claim a 100-78 victory at Waynesburg (Pa.) University Wednesday.
By registering their 11th straight victory over Waynesburg, the Bison improved to 4-3 overall and 1-1 in the league. The Yellow Jackets lost their third consecutive game and are now 2-3 and 0-2.
Waynesburg’s Josh Parisi had five points during an opening 10-4 run by the Yellow Jackets. Over the next 10 minutes, Bethany would seize the momentum by draining five three-pointers during a 27-9 spurt that was capped by a triple from junior Tyler Morando (Wheeling, W.Va./Wheeling Central) which gave BC a 31-19 cushion with 7:15 to go before halftime. The Yellow Jackets managed to trim the deficit to seven late in the half, but treys from senior Marcus Adams (Columbus, Ohio/Mount Vernon Academy) and sophomore Jonas Ankrom (Canonsburg, Pa./Canon-McMillan) sent the Bison to the break with a 50-38 lead.
Back-to-back threes from senior guard Brody Jackson (Akron, Ohio/Manchester) to open the second half ignited a 12-0 BC run that gave the Green and White a 62-38 lead. It was still a 24-point advantage at 68-44 with 13:31 to play when the hosts climbed back into the game. Yellow Jacket guard Tim Drakeley swished four treys and completed a three-point play to nearly slice the Bethany lead to single digits. Once Dan Happe canned a three with 6:43 remaining, Waynesburg was within 10 at 82-72.
After forcing a turnover on Waynesburg’s next possession, Bethany tallied six straight points to start their final run to clinch the game. Six different Bison had points during the spurt, including five from freshman Dakota Matz (Zanesville, Ohio) and four from sophomore Joe Testa (Amity, Pa./Trinity), as BC finished with seven players in double digits.
Jackson led the Bethany offense with 21 points and also had six rebounds and five assists. Morando was next on the scoring list with 16 and junior forward Petre Petkovski (Wheeling, W.Va./Wheeling Park) tallied 12. Four players recorded 10 points, including Adams, Matz, Testa and sophomore forward Ryan Besancon (Wooster, Ohio/Waynedale).
In addition to the 10 points, Adams had his first career double-double by handing out 10 assists. Leading Bethany on the glass, where they held a 37-33 advantage, was Besancon with eight boards.
Drakeley’s second half outburst helped him finish with a game-high 28 points, while Parisi notched 22 markers and seven rebounds to lead Waynesburg.
Bethany will return to the floor Saturday when they host Geneva (Pa.) College. The match-up with the Golden Tornadoes, which will not count in the PAC standings because of Geneva’s provisional membership status in the NCAA, is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. at Hummel Field House.