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HOT SECOND HALF PUSHES BETHANY TO 71-58 WIN OVER W&J
Jan. 19 - BETHANY, W.Va. - Junior British Alexander (Dayton, Ohio/Trotwood Madison) scored all 19 of his points after halftime and the Bethany College men's basketball team shot 67 percent in the second half to pull away for a 71-58 triumph over Washington & Jefferson Wednesday night.
With the win, the Bison improve to 11-5 overall and 5-2 in the PAC, while W&J fell to 6-11 and 3-4.
Back-to-back treys from sophomore Reece Mabery (Natrona Heights, Pa./Highlands) capped an 11-2 spurt to open the game for Bethany, who led for most of the first half. An 8-0 run by the Presidents late in the half put them on top by a bucket and it took a triple from BC sophomore James Barton (Bethel Park, Pa.) with under 20 seconds left in the period to give the Green and White a 31-30 lead going into halftime.
Alexander was held scoreless in the opening stanza, but he notched his first points on a dunk two minutes into the second half to get going. The 6-5 forward would turn in seven points in a 9-0 run near the midway point of the half that swelled the Bison cushion from six points to 51-36. The closest W&J would get the rest of the night was 11 points and Alexander put an exclamation point on the night with another dunk at the 3:46 mark, as Bethany put away its sixth consecutive victory over the Presidents.
In the second half, the Bison made 18-of-27 attempts from the field (66.7 percent) and Alexander highlighted the hot-shooting, as he was a perfect 9-for-9 following the break. The 19 points matches his season-high and he also collected eight rebounds, three assists and two steals.
A trio of Bison joined their teammate in double figures, as Mabery, senior Ryan McFadden (Columbus, Ohio/Mount Vernon Academy) and sophomore Nick Wilcox (Venetia, Pa./Peters Township) all dropped in 12.
For the Presidents, Brian Felker had a team-high 16 and Zach Bellhy finished with 14.
Bethany will begin the second half of the PAC schedule Saturday with a road game at Westminster that is slated for a 4 p.m. tip-off.