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BISON GO TO 2-0 IN PAC WITH 87-59 WIN OVER WAYNESBURG
Dec. 4 - BETHANY, W.Va. – Sparked by 52 percent shooting from the floor and 27 forced turnovers, the Bethany College men’s basketball improved to 2-0 in the PAC with a convincing 87-59 victory over visiting Waynesburg Saturday night at Hummel Field House.
The Bison (5-3, 2-0) used big first halves from junior British Alexander (Dayton, Ohio/Trotwood Madison), who scored 14 points before the break, and sophomore Nick Wilcox (Venetia, Pa./Peters Township), who tossed in 10, to pull away for a 44-25 lead at intermission.
After blowing a 15-point halftime lead in Wednesday’s contest with Westminster before recovering for a one-point win, the Bison turned up the heat to open the second half with a full court press. The result was 17 Yellow Jacket (2-3, 0-1) turnovers in the second half and a barrage of Bethany points. The Green and White would shoot 53 percent (16-30) in the second half, which included 5-for-7 from the arc, as they coasted to their 17th consecutive victory over Waynesburg in a streak that dates back to Feb., 2002.
Leading the way in the win was Wilcox, who amassed 18 points, seven rebounds, three steals and three blocks. Alexander hit for 14 and hauled down a team-high nine rebounds, which helped BC hold a rebounding advantage (37-34) for the first time this season. The hot shooter in the second half was freshman Evan Webster (Southfield, Mich./Orchard Lake St. Mary’s Prep), who went 4-for-4 from the three-point line and tallied 14, all after the break.
Sophomore point guard Reece Mabery (Natrona Heights, Pa./Highlands) rounded out the double digit scorers with 11 and also made six steals for the Bison, who had 11 different players hit the scorebook.
For Waynesburg, Nick Herman totaled 13 points and four steals and Erik Noone bucketed 11.
Bethany is now off until next weekend, when they will travel to Geneva for a 7:30 p.m. tip-off in Beaver Falls, Pa. The contest will not count in the PAC standings, as the Golden Tornadoes (4-2) are in their last season of provisional membership to the PAC as they complete they transition to NCAA Division III.