Dec. 1 - BETHANY, W.Va. – Thomas More (Ky.) College’s Mark Tinklenberg drained five three-pointers and scored 26 of his game-high 32 in the second half, as the Saints came away with an 87-78 victory over the Bethany College men’s basketball team Saturday afternoon at Hummel Field House.
The Bison fall to 3-3 overall and are 0-1 in the PAC for the first time since 2003. TMC now stands at 3-3 overall and 1-0 in the league.
The Saints opened the game with a 12-5 run and surged out to a 34-22 advantage on a Tinklenberg triple with 3:05 left before halftime. But the Bison rallied behind senior guard Brody Jackson (Akron, Ohio/Manchester). BC tallied the final 12 points of the half, with nine of them coming from Jackson, including a rare four-point play with 37 seconds left to even the score at 34-34 heading into intermission.
Jackson notched an even 12 by the break to help Bethany stay in the game despite 33 percent (10-30) shooting. A balanced Saints attack at halftime featured Eddie Brown with eight and three others, including Tinklenberg, with six.
The lead changed hands 10 times in the first five minutes of the second, with the final Bethany advantage coming off a lay-up from junior Petre Petkovski (Wheeling, W.Va./Wheeling Park) to put the Green and White on top 47-46. Thomas More would tie the score on a free throw, then take the lead for good on back-to-back treys from Johnny Bovard.
From there, Bethany was trying to rally, but every time they moved within striking distance, Tinklenberg scored again. He had consecutive threes around the five-minute mark to give his squad an eight-point bulge, then when Bethany cut the Thomas More lead to 77-74 on a pair of free throws from senior guard Marcus Adams (Columbus, Ohio/Mount Vernon Academy) with 2:41 left, Tinklenberg hit a lay-up the next trip down. He would also score again with 46 seconds remaining to give the Saints an 83-76 lead and they drained their last four fouls shots to close out the win.
Jackson was one of three Bison in double figures for the day, as he poured in 22 and also had five rebounds. Adams set a new career-high for the third time this year with 17, while sophomore forward Ryan Besancon (Wooster, Ohio/Waynedale) delivered 15 points and a team-high six boards.
Pacing Thomas More, who needed to shoot 64 percent (18-28) in the second half to fend off a BC team that shot 56 percent (14-25), was Tinklenburg. He was 11-of-18 from the field and 7-for-10 from the arc to finish with 32 and he also grabbed nine rebounds. Brown totaled 15 off the bench and Matty Owens chipped in 14 as well.
Bethany will head out on the road for their next conference tilt, as they journey to Waynesburg (Pa.) University for a 7:30 p.m. tip-off with the Yellow Jackets Wednesday night.