Nov. 15 - BETHANY, W.Va. –Playing in their first games with the program, junior British Alexander (Dayton, Ohio/Trotwood Madison) and sophomore Reece Mabery (Natrona Heights, Pa./Highlands) scored 17 points apiece to spark the Bethany College men’s basketball team to an 81-69 victory over Allegheny Monday night in the season opener for both schools.
The Bison shot a blistering 63 percent (20-32) from the floor in the opening half to build a 48-38 halftime cushion. It was a two-point lead with four minutes left in the half when the Green and White grabbed control with an 11-0 spurt, which was started by an Alexander bucket. The rest of the run came in groups of three, as Mabery and sophomore Brady Pacific (Avonmore, Pa./Kiski Area) buried trifectas and senior Ryan McFadden (Columbus, Ohio/Mount Vernon Academy) completed a three-point play to help Bethany take a double-digit margin by the break.
Following halftime, the youthful Gators, who started two freshmen and two sophomores, wouldn’t go away quietly. They were able to get within six on a couple occasions, including a lay-in from Donte Briscoe with 4:22 to play to make it 67-61. Bethany was able to fend off the Allegheny charge with consecutive threes, one by sophomore James Barton (Bethel Park, Pa.) and the other by Mabery as the shot clock expired.
The advantage again shrunk down to six with two minutes to go before the Bison finally put the game away, as Pacific scored off a nice feed from Alexander and BC hit four free throws in the final 1:17.
Alexander’s 17 points came off 6-for-8 shooting from the floor and the 6-6 transfer added five rebounds and four blocked shots. Mabery went 3-for-5 from behind the arc for his 17 and added four steals. Also hitting for double digits was McFadden with 16 and sophomore Nick Wilcox (Venetia, Pa./Peters Township) with 10 points and team-best eight rebounds.
Briscoe turned in double-double for the Gators with 16 points and 15 rebounds.
Bethany is back in action on Thursday with a 7 p.m. road tip-off at Baldwin-Wallace.