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TOP-SEEDED BISON START PAC TITLE CHASE TUESDAY IN QUARTERFINALS

Feb. 20 - BETHANY, W.Va. – After winning the PAC regular season title with a 14-2 conference record, the Bethany College men’s basketball team begins pursuit of its second straight league crown and 14th overall Tuesday night by hosting a quarterfinal match-up at 8 p.m.

The Bison will take on the winner of the play-in game, which is Monday night. Ninth-seeded Waynesburg (4-21, 1-15) goes to eighth-seed Westminster (6-19, 4-12) for a 7 p.m. tip-off, with the winner coming to Bethany Tuesday for the quarterfinal match-up. Tuesday’s other quarterfinal games will pit #7 Washington & Jefferson at #2 Thiel, #6 Geneva at #3 Thomas More and #4 Saint Vincent hosts #5 Grove City.

Bethany secured the top seed and home court advantage throughout the tournament by winning at Saint Vincent 76-64 Saturday. The triumph was the 22nd of the season for BC, which ties the school record for regular season wins that was originally set in 2004-05. The Bison had a 12-point halftime lead sliced to one, but a 9-0 spurt put the Green and White back in control and they went on to the clinching win. Junior Reece Mabery (Natrona Heights, Pa./Highlands) had 16 of his 19 points in the first half and junior Brady Pacific (Avonmore, Pa./Kiski) hit for 14 of his 16 markers after halftime.

Since the PAC Tournament was instituted before the 2001-02 season, the Bison have been a tough out in the playoffs. Last year, Bethany defeated Westminster 90-58 in the opening round at home before going on the road to take down Saint Vincent 66-65 and Thiel 74-67 to capture the program’s 13th PAC championship and fifth tournament crown. Overall in tournament history, the Bison have compiled a 17-5 record.

Bethany has been very good at home during playoff time. The Bison are 14-1 on their home court in tournament games, with the lone blemish on their ledger being a 78-75 setback to Washington & Jefferson in the 2007 semifinals. The Green and White have been especially tough against one possible opponent on Tuesday, as BC has defeated Westminster three straight years in the tournament, including quarterfinal victories each of the last two years. Overall, Bethany is 3-1 against Westminster in the PAC Tournament and 2-0 versus Waynesburg, although the Bison have not played the Yellow Jackets since a 95-64 triumph in the 2006 title game.

On their way to the regular season crown, Bethany swept the season series from both Waynesburg and Westminster and has lengthy winning streaks over both. With 73-45 and 75-44 victories over the Yellow Jackets, the Bison have defeated Waynesburg 20 straight times dating back to a victory in the 2003 PAC Quarterfinals. The Green and White defense was suffocating in the two wins, limiting the Jackets to 29.9 percent shooting and forcing 42 turnovers in the two games.

With a 91-65 win over Westminster last Wednesday, the Bison have now won 10 in a row over the Titans. In their first meeting this year, BC held on for a 76-66 victory in New Wilmington. Junior Nick Wilcox (Venetia, Pa./Peters Township) averaged 19.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 5.0 assists in the sweep and senior British Alexander (Dayton, Ohio/Trotwood Madison) had two double-doubles in averaging 14 points and 12 rebounds in the victories.

Waynesburg will be trying to snap an eight-game losing streak in Monday’s play-in game. The Yellow Jackets led W&J by five at halftime Saturday, but the Presidents shot 50 percent from the floor after the break to rally for the win. Leading the attack was Ben Altmeyer and Lou Galante with 11 points apiece. Waynesburg is paced offensively by a pair of guards in Larry Alexander with 10.3 points per game and Altmeyer, who is averaging 9.8.

Westminster has dropped four of its last five games entering the Waynesburg tilt. Point guard Anthony Thomas scored 27 and guard Ron Martino notched 19 against Geneva Saturday, but the Golden Tornadoes shot a staggering 65.5 percent from the floor to win a 100-85 shootout. Thomas, who is averaging 12.7 points per game, has been on fire in the last four contests. He is putting in 20.3 markers in that stretch, including 23 against Bethany last week. Junior guard Doug Smith leads the Titans in scoring with 14.2 per game and has a PAC-high 84 triples.

Fans that can not make the trip to Bethany for the game can follow the action live from their home computer. Both the women’s and men’s games on Tuesday will be video streamed live by the Bethany Broadcast Network at http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/bethanywv.portal#.