Dec. 16 - BETHANY, W.Va. – The Bethany men’s basketball team rallied from a five-point deficit to tie the game at 53-53 with four minutes to play, but Pitt-Greensburg closed the contest with a 14-3 run to come away with a 67-56 victory over the Bison Tuesday night in a non-conference tilt.
The Bison (5-5) led by as many as four in the first half but a trey from UPG’s Rashad Davison at the buzzer gave the hosts a 34-33 advantage heading into halftime. BC took a 46-43 lead on a lay-up by freshman Lance Beckwith (Raleigh, N.C./Word of God Christian Academy) midway through the second half, but Pitt-Greensburg (3-6) answered back with a 9-1 run to go in front 52-47 with just under nine minutes to play.
As the clock trickled under five minutes to play, Beckwith rallied the Bison with five consecutive points, including a pair of free throws to knot the score at 53 all with 4:13 remaining. But Bethany, who hit just 17 percent (8-46) in the second half, went really cold down the stretch, sinking just 1-of-11 from the field after they tied the score. That allowed the Bobcats to pull away, as they hit four of their final five field goal attempts and went 6-for-7 from the charity stripe during the deciding spurt.
Bethany’s offense, which shot a dismal 28 percent overall (22-78) and 14 percent from the arc (4-28), was led by senior Petre Petkovski (Wheeling, W.Va./Wheeling Central) with 13 points, as well as a team-high eight rebounds. Beckwith and senior Tyler Morando (Wheeling, W.Va./Wheeling Central) each tallied 10 as well.
Pitt-Greensburg, who balanced out 25 turnovers by shooting 53 percent (28-53), was led by Josh Kucenic with 21 points and Davison with 17.
The Bison are off for the holidays and will return to action on Saturday, Jan. 3, when they host Thiel in a PAC match-up at 4 p.m.