Dec. 13 - BEAVER FALLS, Pa. - Geneva’s Bryan Hill hit a three-pointer as time expired in regulation to tie the game at 84-84 and the Golden Tornadoes came away with a 98-94 overtime victory over the Bethany men’s basketball team Saturday night.
The Bison (5-4) had an 81-77 lead with 11 seconds to play after two free throws from freshman Lance Beckwith (Raleigh, N.C./Word of God Christian Academy). Geneva (2-5) cut it to two on a lay-up by Lambros Svingos and was within one possession after BC hit just 1-of-2 from the line with 2.2 seconds to play. Following a timeout, Geneva threw a long pass to the frontcourt, which Richard Colick caught and fired to Hill on the left-wing. His off-balance three banked in as the horn sounded to even the score and force extra time.
A three from Tyler Morando (Wheeling, W.Va./Wheeling Central) gave Bethany an 89-88 lead at the 3:28 mark of OT, but Colick hit consecutive jumpers, which was followed by a trey from Emilio Nardi to give Geneva a 95-89 lead. Bison sophomore Dakota Matz (Zanesville, Ohio) hit a jumper and Beckwith converted a three-point play to make it 95-94 with 35 seconds to play, and they had a chance for the lead after Geneva made just 1-of-2 from the line. But a three-pointer was off the mark and Colick swished two foul shots to clinch the triumph.
Beckwith posted a huge game off the bench with a career-high 27 points on 10-for-12 shooting. Morando and junior Joe Testa (Amity, Pa./Trinity) scored 12 points each, while senior Petre Petkovski (Wheeling, W.Va./Wheeling Park) and Matz dropped in 10 each. Justin Nardi led the Golden Tornadoes with 21, while Colick and Svingos each had 15.
The Bison will close out the first semester schedule Tuesday night with a road contest at Pitt-Greensburg, which is scheduled to start at 7 p.m.