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TRIO OF BISON VOTED ALL-PAC
March 2 - WEXFORD, Pa. – Bethany College seniors Joe Testa (Amity, Pa./Trinity) and Jay Lyonett (Weirton, W.Va./Brooke) and freshman Nick Wilcox (Venetia, Pa./Peters Township) were honored Tuesday when the All-Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) men’s basketball teams were announced by the league office.
Earning First Team honors was Testa, while Lyonett was voted Second Team and Wilcox received Honorable Mention status. They picked up the laurels after leading the Bison to an 18-8 record, the semifinals of the PAC Tournament and a berth in the ECAC Tournament, where BC will host Neumann (Pa.) University Wednesday in their sixth consecutive postseason appearance.
For Testa, this is his second straight All-PAC award after receiving Honorable Mention last season. He led the Bison and ranked sixth in the PAC in scoring with 15.9 points per game and also led the entire conference in rebounding with 9.5 per game, the most by a Bison since Derek Hoffman averaged 9.54 in 2002-03. The 6-3 forward also ranked ninth in the circuit in field goal percentage (48.6) and 15th in free throw percentage (68.4).
During the season, Testa posted eight double-doubles and scored in double figures in 22 contests, including seven with 20 or more. He set a career-high with 35 points against Thiel Feb. 3 and grabbed 20 boards in an overtime victory at Denison. Testa also hauled down 20 rebounds and scored 25 points in an 85-63 triumph over then-9th-ranked John Carroll Jan. 2. Those efforts against Denison and John Carroll helped him earn PAC Player of the Week honors for Dec. 21 and Jan. 4
His monster senior season has elevated Testa into lofty company in the Bethany record books. He is one of only six players in BC history to record over 1,000 career points and 700 career boards, as he stands in ninth place in scoring (1,234) and sixth place in rebounding (769). In addition, with tomorrow’s ECAC game, he will break the school’s all-time record for games played with 112.
A psychology major who was voted to ESPN the Magazine Second Team Academic All-District II, Joe is the son of John and Darlene Testa of Amity, Pa.
This is Lyonett’s first all-conference honor of his career and comes after he ranked second on the team in scoring (11.3) and led the PAC in three-pointers (66). He also set career-highs this year in rebounds with 4.1 per game and assists with 38, while ranking 10th in the PAC in three-point percentage (36.3). His big year behind the arc gives him 93 career triples, tied for 14th most in Bison history
The 6-1 guard scored 10 or more points in 17 games this year and drained at least three three-pointers in 11 contests. He fired in seven treys to tally a career-high 22 in an overtime loss to Division II Wheeling Jesuit Nov. 20, and then matched that total with 22 in a win over Pitt-Greensburg Dec. 30. Lyonett also recorded his first career double-double during the campaign, posting 16 points and 10 rebounds in a win at Geneva Jan. 30.
A communication major, Jay is the son of John and Barbara Lyonett of Weirton, W.Va.
Wilcox became just the third Bethany freshman in the last 10 years to earn All-PAC recognition. He was the team’s third leading scorer (11.2) and second-leading rebounder (5.9), while also ranking second in the conference with 2.54 steals, seventh in field goal percentage (50.2) and 11th in assists (2.50). The 66 steals by Wilcox is the fifth-highest total in a single-season at Bethany and the most by a freshman since Shaun Davis set a school-record with 86 thefts in 1997-98.
The 6-3 forward became acclimated to the college game very quickly, as he scored double figures in six of the first seven games of the season and 15 for the year. He turned in his first career double-double with 10 points and 11 boards in the Jan. 2 rout over John Carroll and paced Bethany to a 91-75 win at regionally-ranked Thomas More Feb. 13 by recording 17 points, seven rebounds, a career-high six steals and five assists.
A pre-physical therapy major, Nick is the son of Sharon and David Lacey of Venetia, Pa.