Nov. 30 – ADA, Ohio – Getting 20-point games from both Leslie Addy (Columbia, Md./St. Vincent Pallotti) and Kevin Jackson (Baltimore, Md./Walbrook), the Bethany College men’s basketball team defeated Ohio Northern University 88-80 on Saturday afternoon. The Bison erased an 11-point second-half deficit to move to 4-0 on the season.
The Polar Bears and Bison started the contest by trading baskets and leads multiple times. Through the first 10 minutes of the half, the game saw five ties, including being knotted at 18-18 with 10:21 remaining in the half.
Over the next five minutes, ONU went on a 14-4 run, which included baskets by five different players, to take a 10-point lead (32-22) with 5:22 to play in the frame. Through the rest of the half, the Bison were able to cut the lead to as close as six points, going into the locker room down 38-32.
Jackson notched a game-high 13 points in the first half, but the Polar Bears took advantage of 10 Bison turnovers. ONU outscored Bethany 13-7 in points off turnovers in the frame to take the six-point lead into the break.
In the second stanza, Ohio Northern did its best to put the Bison away, running the advantage out to 11 points (45-34) on a jumper by Branden Rushton with 18:30 remaining in regulation. It was then, however, that the Bison began to make their run.
Over the next five minutes of the half, Bethany began to turn up the defensive pressure, notching four steals to spark a 17-6 run. The run was then capped by a three-point basket by Tyrone Smothers (Baltimore, Md./Mergenthaler), which knotted the game at 51-51.
With the game tied for the eighth time, the Bison captured their first lead of the game since early in the first half as Smothers connected on a jumper to give Bethany the 57-55 advantage with 10:05 remaining in the game.
The Bison then continued to pour it on, running their lead to nine points (74-65) on a three-point play by Addy with 5:41 to play. The nine-point advantage proved to be the largest lead of the game for the Bison.
In just three minutes, Ohio Northern turned the game back around, outscoring Bethany 9-2 to cut the Bison lead to two points (76-74) on a basket by Jordan Martin with 2:50 to play.
Bethany would not allow the Polar Bears to overtake them, however, outscoring ONU 12-6 over the final 2:45 to come away with the 88-80 victory.
The Green & White controlled every aspect of the second half, collecting nine steals and getting 20 points off of turnovers. The team also shot 59.4 percent from the field in the second half. Addy also dominated individually, notching 18 of his 21 points in the second stanza.
For the game, Jackson led all scorers, totaling a career-high 22 points. Addy finished with a double-double on the day, posting 10 boards to go along with his 21 points. For the third consecutive contest, all five Bison starters registered double figures in scoring. Lawrence Weldon (Baltimore, Md./Poly) and Smothers scored 11 points each while Delonte’ Joyce (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis) scored 10. Joyce also grabbed nine boards while tying his career high in steals with six.
Bethany will be back in action on Tuesday, Dec. 4, as the Bison will open Presidents’ Athletic Conference play at Waynesburg. The contest is scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. start.