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Jan. 26 - WAYNESBURG, Pa. – Sophomore point guard Reece Mabery (Natrona Heights, Pa./Highlands) registered his first career double-double with 13 points and a new single-game school record 12 steals, as the Bethany College men’s basketball team defeated Waynesburg 73-52 Wednesday night at Rudy Marisa Field House.

With the win, which was the Bison’s 18th straight over Waynesburg, BC improved to 13-5 overall and 7-2 in the PAC. They also moved a half-game in front of Thomas More, who was idle Wednesday, for second place in the league standings, and gained a half-game on Thiel (7-1), who lost at Geneva in a game that does not count in the PAC standings. The Yellow Jackets dropped to 5-13 and 2-6.

Bethany shot poorly in the opening half (33 percent), while Waynesburg made 58 percent of their field goal attempts. However, the Bison took a 38-33 lead into halftime by turning 15 Yellow Jacket turnovers into 14 points. Mabery’s thievery was a factor early and often, as he made seven steals in the first half and led all scorers at the break with nine points.

After two foul shots by sophomore Nick Wilcox (Venetia, Pa./Peters Township) 25 seconds into the second half, Waynesburg never moved closer than six points the rest of the game. It was only a seven-point difference at 53-46 with 12:22 to go when Wilcox and Mabery both scored four points in a quick 11-0 burst that put the Bison in control. The exclamation point came with three and a half minutes left when Mabery made his record-setting 12th steal of the night and then he assisted on a thunderous dunk by junior British Alexander (Dayton, Ohio/Trotwood Madison) that took the lead to 20 and BC cruised to the victory.

The big story of the game was Mabery, who tallied 13 points and his 12 steals broke the Bethany single-game mark that was set by Shaun Davis when he made 11 thefts against Pitt-Greensburg Jan. 10, 1998.

Other highlighted efforts in the triumph were turned in by Wilcox with 20 points and nine rebounds, Alexander, who recorded his third double-double of the year with 11 points and 14 boards, and Barton, who chipped in 10 markers off the bench.

The Yellow Jackets, who finished the game with 26 turnovers and were out-rebounded 42-29, were led by Lou Galante with 10 points.

Bethany is back in action on Saturday when they host Geneva at Hummel Field House in a 4 p.m. tip-off.