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 SET TO HOST GROVE CITY IN PAC SHOWDOWN

Feb. 5 - BETHANY, W.Va. – Saturday will bring a big PAC contest to Hummel Field House, as the Bethany College men’s basketball team hosts Grove City. As of late Friday afternoon, the men’s contest was still on schedule for a 4 p.m. tip-off.

The second game will pit two of the top three teams in the PAC, with the third place Bison (14-6, 6-3) trying to draw even with the first place Wolverines (13-7, 4-2). Second place Thomas More (14-6, 6-2) will host Washington & Jefferson (9-12, 4-4) on Saturday as well.

Bethany missed a chance to move into a tie with Grove City by dropping an 86-84 decision Wednesday night at Thiel. BC led by three with 1:41 to go, but the streaking Tomcats, who have won five straight, scored six of the game’s final seven points to escape with the win. Bison senior forward Joe Testa (Amity, Pa./Trinity) posted a career-high 35 points and added 10 rebounds for his sixth double-double of the season.

Saturday’s key match-up will be inside, as two of the best and smartest big men in the league lock horns. His huge effort in the Thiel game kept Testa first in the conference in rebounding (9.4) and elevated the 6-3 forward to sixth in scoring (17.0). For Grove City, Andy O’Keefe, a 6-7 senior center, is fourth in scoring (18.3) and tied for fifth in rebounding (5.9). In addition, both were just named to the ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District II teams Thursday, with O’Keefe receiving First Team honors and Testa being voted to the Second Team.

O’Keefe played an integral role in the Wolverines’ 65-54 triumph over Bethany in the teams’ first meeting Jan. 7. He totaled a team-high 18 points and six rebounds, while guard Joe McCoy drilled three three-pointers and notched 15 for GCC, who shot 46 percent from the floor and limited the Bison to 32 percent shooting. For BC, who lost for just the second time in the last 14 match-ups with Grove City, freshman Nick Wilcox (Venetia, Pa./Peters Township) netted a career-high 19 and Testa turned in 15 markers and 12 boards.


The Wolverines are rolling into Saturday’s match-up with an 8-2 record in their last 10 and wins in five straight. They have been off since last Saturday when they picked up a 65-48 home triumph over Waynesburg. O’Keefe finished with 20 points and five assists, as GCC shot 52 percent from the field and registered a 41-29 rebounding advantage. The win improved Grove City’s home record to 7-1 this season. Although they are just 4-6 on the road this year, GCC has won their last two, including a 96-85 decision at Thomas More Jan. 23 to take over first place in the league.