Men's Basketball Comes Up Short at Thomas More
Jan. 7 – CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky. – Despite rallying from two-different double-digit deficits, the Bethany College men's basketball team dropped a 73-65 decision to Thomas More College on Wednesday evening in Crestview Hills.
The host Saints came out of the gate strong, opening the contest with a 19-9 run over the first 8 minutes of the game. Over the final 12 minutes of the half, however, the Bison would turn the tide. Bethany would use a 13-4 run over a six-minute span to cut the Thomas More lead to one (23-22) with 6:28 to play in the frame. Alan Harper (Cleveland, Ohio/Cleveland Central Catholic) and Liam Davis (Orlando, Fla./Orlando Christian Prep) helped fuel the run as Harper contributed five points and Davis, two buckets in the nine-point swing.
After the Saints extended the lead back to five points (29-24) with 3:48 to play, Bethany would make another run. A three-point basket by Pedro Lalor (Orlando, Fla./Dr. Phillips) cut the Saint lead to two, and was followed by back-to-back jumpers by Delonte' Joyce (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis) and Darrian Bruster (Cleveland, Ohio/Cleveland Central Catholic). The latter of the two gave Bethany its first lead since the Bison opened the contest with the first basket.
After a free-throw by the Saints cut the advantage to one, Davis scored his fourth bucket of the half, giving the Bison a three-point lead (33-30) with just over one minute to play. The Green & White would then go into the half with a one-point advantage, 33-32.
The second stanza saw the hosts re-capture the lead on the first bucket of the frame. The Bison would then find themselves on the wrong end of a 21-7 run over the first nine minutes of the half, and the Green & White would trail 53-40 with 11:41 to play. However, the Bison showed grit and determination to climb back into the contest.
With Bethany still trailing by 13 (62-49) with 4:50 to play, the Green & White would make one final push, outscoring the Saints 12-2 to cut the lead to three points (64-61) with just over two minutes to play. After three-consecutive points by Bruster, Joyce went into attack mode, getting to the line on three straight trips. He converted on all six of his free throw attempts to whittle the lead to six points.
Joyce would then cap a personal 9-0 run with a three-pointer, cutting the Thomas More lead to 64-61. That, however, would be as close as the Green & White would get, eventually falling in the contest by a final of 73-65.
Offensively in the contest, the Bison showed a balanced attack, with four different players scoring in double figures. Joyce, Bruster and Harper all tallied 13 points, while freshman Calique Jones (Pittsburgh, Pa./Obama Academy) registered 11 off the bench. Davis finished with eight in a reserve role, while Lalor totaled five.
Bethany will be back in action on Saturday, January 10 as they travel to Waynesburg, Pa. for a conference contest with Waynesburg University. The game is scheduled to follow the women's contest which tips at 1:30 p.m.