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Jan. 16 - STEUBENVILLE, Ohio – Junior guard Tyler Morando (Wheeling, W.Va./Wheeling Central) dropped in a career-high 27 points, as the Bethany College men’s basketball team (8-7) pulled away for an 81-72 victory at Franciscan (Ohio) University (1-13) Wednesday night.

Early three-pointers from Morando and sophomore forward Joe Testa (Amity, Pa./Trinity) aided the Bison in racing to a 9-3 lead to open the game. The Barons answered with a 13-1 run, highlighted by seven points from Conner Flanigan, to build their largest lead of the game at 16-10. Franciscan was still on top 33-31 with 2:19 left in the half, but Morando scored the final eight points in a 10-1 run to close the half and send BC into intermission with a 41-34 advantage.

By the break, Morando was already 5-for-8 from the arc and had tallied 17. However, the rest of the Bison were just 1-for-10 from deep and the team was only shooting 32 percent (11-34) from the field after 20 minutes. Flanigan paced the Barons attack with 10 markers by the break.

The second half opened with Franciscan sandwiching buckets around a three-point play from Bethany’s Marcus Adams (Columbus, Ohio/Mount Vernon Academy) that made it a six-point game. From there, the Bison rode another hot shooter to pull away from the hosts. BC scored 20 of the next 27 points to construct their largest lead of the night at 64-45 with 8:45 to play. Sophomore Jonas Ankrom (Canonsburg, Pa./Canon-McMillan) led the charge with two treys and nine points during the spurt. After that run, the Bison cruised to the win, as the Barons didn’t get the deficit down to single digits until there were under 30 seconds left.

Morando added 10 more points in the second half to finish with his career-best of 27. The leading scorer in the second half however was Ankrom, who notched 12 of his personal-high 14 to assist the Green and White in their victory. Adams recorded a solid effort as well, totaling nine points, seven rebounds and four assists.

For Franciscan, Flanigan tossed in 19 to lead their scorers and Zach Hohoenberg registered a double-double with 16 markers and 12 boards.

The Franciscan game was Bethany’s final non-conference tilt of the season. The Bison return to PAC play Saturday when they host Westminster (Pa.) College at 4 p.m. The Titans fell to 3-12 overall and 1-4 in the league with a 93-79 loss at Thiel (Pa.) College Wednesday.