Dec. 14 - BEAVER FALLS, Pa. – The Bison men’s basketball team used stout defense and a balanced scoring attack to rout the Golden Tornadoes of Geneva College 91-62 on Saturday in Beaver Falls.
Geneva got on the board first with a three-pointer by Jordan Harbison. However, the Bison would quickly retake the lead on back-to-back buckets by Tyrone Smothers (Baltimore, Md./Mergenthaler) and Leslie Addy (Columbia, Md./St. Vincent Pallotti) and would never again trail in the contest.
The Bison used a solid, full court press to force the Golden Tornadoes into five turnovers over the first four minutes of play. Up 4-3, Bethany would go on a 10-0 run, which was capped by a layup from Lawrence Weldon, (Baltimore, Md./Poly) to put the Bison up by double digits (14-3) with 16:09 to play.
Geneva would quickly respond, rebounding with a 9-0 run of their own over the next two minutes, to cut the Bison advantage to two points (14-12) with 14:21 left. However, the Bison would respond with another 10-0 run.
Up just two points, Bethany received a boost from back-to-back three pointers by Kevin Jackson (Baltimore, Md./Walbrook) and Delonte’ Joyce (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis) to extend the advantage to 20-12. Ramel Young (Walterboro, S.C./Estill) then converted on two consecutive baskets to extend the lead to double digits once again (24-12) with 11:47 to play.
Geneva would get as close as nine points (25-16) with 10:12 remaining in the half, but the Bison would answer by extending the first-half advantage to as many as 20 points (43-23) with 1:17 left. Bethany would then go into the locker room with a 14-point advantage (43-29).
The Bison defensive effort was ready for Geneva in the first half as Bethany registered 10 steals while holding the Golden Tornadoes to 37 percent shooting.
In the second half, it was more of the same for Bethany as they outscored Geneva 48-33 in the second stanza to go on for the 29-point victory (91-62).
Bethany played efficient on the offensive end, turning the ball over just nine times while shooting almost 46 percent from the field. Six different players notched at least eight points, led by Young’s career high 18. He accomplished his career best on 7-of-13 shooting from the field in just 19 minutes of play.
Joining Young in double figures was Joyce, who finished the day with 17. Weldon added 14 points while Addy and Jackson each finished with 11 points and five rebounds.
The victory marked the second time this season that the Bison have reached 90 points. The team also held the Golden Tornadoes to just 19 made field goals, which tied a season-best for the Bison defense.
Bethany will be back in action on Wednesday, Dec. 18, as the Bison travel to Rochester, N.Y. for a non-conference dual with St. John Fisher. The game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start.