The first half featured eight ties and seven lead changes, but the Bison used a 12-2 run to close the half and carry a 42-33 lead into the break. A jumper from junior Petre Petkovski (Wheeling, W.Va./Wheeling Park) put Bethany on top 32-31 with 2:19 to go before intermission. That sparked the run, which featured conventional three-point plays from Jackson and senior guard Marcus Adams in the final 1:04 of the stanza and sent BC into the locker room with a nine-point advantage.
Jackson had a huge first half with 19 points to lead the Green and White, who shot 50 percent (14-28) in the opening 20 minutes. The Bearcats were led by Joey Butler with nine markers.
The Bison held the visitors at bay for most of the second half. After seeing the Bearcats get within three at one time, Bethany pulled away again and when Jackson knocked down a trey with 8:30 to play, BC was in front by a 66-56 margin.
The Saint Vincent rally began on their next possession, as B.J. McGill answered with a triple. That ignited a 10-0 spurt by SVC to tie the game at 66-66. The Bearcats would take a 71-68 advantage on a three from Butler, but Bethany responded with lay-ups from Adams and sophomore forward Ryan Besancon (Wooster, Ohio/Waynedale) to reclaim the lead at 72-71 with 1:28 showing on the clock.
Bethany missed a lay-up that could have extended their lead and Saint Vincent’s Ian McCollough converted a lay-up with 27 seconds remaining to put his team back on top by a point. The Bison turned the ball over on the ensuing possession and Butler would knock down 3-of-4 from the foul line to secure the win for the Bearcats.
Jackson played all 40 minutes of the contest and finished with 24 points, his sixth game this season with 20 or more points. Two other Bison reached double digits, including Besancon, who added a team-high seven rebounds to go along with his 15 points, and Adams, who amassed 14 points, six assists and five rebounds.
For Saint Vincent, McCollough scored 16 of his 24 in the second half and also pulled down 10 rebounds. He was followed closely in the scoring column by Butler with 23 and McGill with 13.
Bethany returns to the hardwood Saturday when they travel to Grove City (Pa.) College. The defending PAC champion Wolverines (9-4, 3-0) stayed atop the conference with a 74-64 triumph over Thomas More (Ky.) Wednesday. Saturday’s tip-off is slated for 3 p.m.