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STREAKS ON THE LINE WHEN BETHANY VISITS WAYNESBURG
Jan. 27 - BETHANY, W.Va. – One streak will end and another will continue after the Bethany men’s basketball team travels to Waynesburg Wednesday night for a PAC clash at Marisa Field House. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
The Bison (10-8, 4-3) already had one string cut on Saturday when they were dealt an 84-67 setback by Thomas More at Hummel Field House, their first home loss in nine games this year. The Saints held a nine-point halftime lead and used an 18-5 run midway through the second half to blow the game open. Three Bison hit for double figures, led by freshman Lance Beckwith (Raleigh, N.C./Word of God Christian Academy) with 16 and senior Petre Petkovski (Wheeling, W.Va./Wheeling Park) and junior Joe Testa (Amity, Pa./Trinity) with 10 each. Petkovski added 10 boards for his third double-double of the year.
The streak Bethany is hoping to end Wednesday night is their run of seven straight losses on the road this year. Dating back to last year, the Bison have dropped 10 in a row away from Hummel Field House, with the last road victory coming Feb. 2, 2008, in an 87-62 decision at Geneva. BC is hoping the events of last Saturday play out again, as all four PAC road teams were victorious by an average of 15.3 points. Bethany has also been very productive in trips to Waynesburg, winning their last six by an average of 19.8 points and they are putting up 93.7 points per game over that span.
If the Bison do snap their streak on the road, it would continue their overall run of success against Waynesburg. Bethany has defeated the Yellow Jackets 13 consecutive times, including a narrow 78-76 win back on Dec. 6. BC had four players score in double figures, led by Testa with 18 points and a career-high tying 13 rebounds and sophomore Dakota Matz (Zanesville, Ohio) with 16 points and six assists. However, the Green and White had to withstand a barrage from Waynesburg’s Dan Happe, who finished with 29 points off eight three-pointers, but his last attempt as the final buzzer sounded was just off the mark, allowing BC to escape with the win.
The Yellow Jackets (6-11, 2-5) lost for the fourth time in the last five games Saturday when they were handed a 74-54 home loss by Thiel. Waynesburg, who was also outrebounded 47-31, hit only 8-of-26 from the floor (31 percent) in the first half to trail 36-20 at halftime and they never recovered. Leading Waynesburg was Zach Engel with 15 points off the bench and Happe with 13 markers.
Leading the Yellow Jackets in scoring is Ryan Courneen at 13.2 points per game, although he was held scoreless in the loss to Thiel. Happe is second in scoring at 12.7, but he leads the PAC in free throw percentage (92.9) and is second in three-pointers per game (2.41). As a team, Waynesburg is fifth in the conference in scoring (73.5) and second in three-point-percentage (38.2), but have struggled stopping teams this season. They are last in the PAC in points allowed (82.2), as well as rebounding margin (-7.5).