Dec. 16 WBB vs. Hiram (L, 69-64); Dec. 17 MBB vs. St. John Fisher (L, 79-70); Dec. 31 MBB vs. Ohio Northern (1:00 p.m.)

BISON BEGIN TOUGH STRETCH WEDNESDAY AT GENEVA

Jan. 24 - BETHANY, W.Va. – The Bethany College men’s basketball team, who will play five of its final seven regular season games on the road, begins that challenging stretch Wednesday with a game at Geneva. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

The Bison (16-2, 8-1) took their third win in a row Saturday by pulling away from Grove City for a 78-57 victory. Four BC starters tallied double digits, led by junior James Barton (Bethel Park, Pa.), who connected on four three-pointers and finished with a game-high 20 points. Junior Nick Wilcox (Venetia, Pa./Peters Township) contributed 15 points, eight rebounds and five steals and junior Reece Mabery (Natrona Heights, Pa./Highlands), this week’s PAC Player of the Week, amassed 14 points and six rebounds.

Barton’s big game continued a hot stretch for the junior guard. He is averaging over 16 points over the last four games, including a pair of 20-point outbursts in wins over Westminster and Grove City. For the year, he is ranked 10th in the PAC in scoring (13.7) and has established himself as one of the top shooters in the league, as he is second in three-pointers (44) and free throw percentage (90.5) and sixth in three-point percentage (39.6).

Although the Bison’s future schedule appears daunting, they have proven to have their top game on the road in recent seasons. The Green and White is 7-1 away from home this season, with the lone setback coming on a neutral floor in a loss to #21 Illinois Wesleyan Dec. 29. Now in the three years since head coach Andrew Sachs took over, Bethany has a 26-13 record on the road, which included two wins to capture the PAC Championship last season.

One of the Bison’s nine home triumphs this season came on Dec. 3 when they earned an impressive 82-51 victory over Geneva. In addition to forcing 24 Golden Tornado turnovers, BC knocked down a season-high 12 three-pointers. Junior Brady Pacific (Avonmore, Pa./Kiski) led the barrage by going 10-of-11 from the floor and hitting all six attempts from the arc for a career-high 26 points and Barton hit three triples as well to notch 15.

Right after the loss to Bethany, Geneva (4-13, 3-6) won consecutive games over Waynesburg and Grove City. However, they have lost seven of their last eight outings and are tied with Grove City for fifth place in the PAC. In their most recent game, the GTs shot 51 percent from the floor, but Thomas More hit 55 percent of their shots and posted a 91-77 win. Senior forward Dave Phillips continued his recent string of huge scoring performances with 29 points and the inside duo of Matt Lorello and Lambros Svingos had 12 points apiece.


The seventh-leading scorer in the conference with 14.7 points per game, Phillips has been on a tear recently. He’s turned in five contests with 21 or more points and is averaging 18.3 points over the last seven games. Another threat is Lorello, who is the third-leading scorer in the PAC with 15.8 points per game and is shooting a league-best 61.6 percent from the floor.