Jan. 28 - BETHANY, W.Va. – After playing four of the last five conference games on the road, the Bethany College men’s and women’s basketball teams return to Hummel Field House Wednesday night for a doubleheader against Waynesburg (Pa.) University. The men’s game opens the evening at 6 p.m., with the women slated to tip-off at 8 p.m.
The Bison men (11-7, 6-1) moved into sole possession of first place by a half-game over Grove City on Saturday by slipping past Thomas More 77-76. BC trailed the Saints by three with 1:20 to play, but scored the final two baskets for the win. The winning score came with 11 seconds to play when junior Petre Petkovski (Wheeling, W.Va./Wheeling Park) hit a lay-up after pulling down an offensive board and Bethany escaped with their fifth consecutive victory. Junior Tyler Morando (Wheeling, W.Va./Wheeling Central) sank five three-pointers to lead all scorers with 17, while senior Brody Jackson (Akron, Ohio/Manchester) tallied 13 and sophomore Jonas Ankrom (Canonsburg, Pa./Canon-McMillan) finished with 12 off the bench.
With his 13 points Saturday, Jackson continues his climb towards a career milestone. He now has 950 points during his Bison tenure, leaving him 50 away from joining the 1,000-point club. There are 20 players in Bethany history who have reached that milestone but no one has achieved it since current Bethany assistant coach, Mike Drahos surpassed that plateau on Jan. 26, 2005.
Jackson enjoyed a banner game the first time Bethany and Waynesburg faced off earlier this season. The 6-0 guard hit five treys and scored 21 points while adding six rebounds and five assists to lead six Bison in double figures. It all added up to a 100-78 BC triumph, which ran their winning streak over the Yellow Jackets to 11 games, dating back to 2003. In the contest earlier this season, Waynesburg was paced by Tim Drakely with 28 points.
Wednesday’s contest will pit the top two scorers in the PAC in Drakely (22.9) and Jackson (18.9). Drakely earned his third PAC Player of the Week honor this season on Monday after he averaged 32.5 points and shot an eye-popping 73 percent (16-22) from the three-point line. He fired in eight triples and scored 35 points on Saturday, but it wasn’t enough to keep the Yellow Jackets from falling 80-75 against Thiel. Forward Josh Parisi, the team’s second-leading scorer (15.2) and leading rebounder (6.9), finished with 18 markers and six boards in the loss.
In game two, Bethany’s women (9-8, 5-3) will be trying to rebound from a pair of losses last week. The Bison’s trip to third-ranked Thomas More Saturday began with BC taking a 19-13 lead midway through the first half. However, the undefeated Saints rallied to build a 45-28 halftime advantage and go on to an 81-55 victory. Freshman guard Kelly Goode (Pleasant Plain, Ohio/Little Miami) scored a team-high 12, while sophomore Stephanie Shafer (Lancaster, Ohio) and freshman Tara Harris (Zanesville, Ohio) each had 11.
Welcoming Waynesburg to Hummel Field House has been a cure for the Bison’s ails in recent years. Senior Lisa Mitchell (Burgettstown, Pa./Avella) scored 29 in Bethany’s 83-65 victory over the Yellow Jackets last year, which was BC’s 12th win at home over Waynesburg in the last 13 meetings, dating back to 1994. The lone Yellow Jacket victory came in the 2006 PAC Quarterfinals when Bethany was upset by an 89-83 count.
The Bison picked up a win at Waynesburg in the first meeting of the season Dec. 5. Bethany turned 39 Yellow Jacket turnovers into 41 points and 11 different players scored in a 65-47 victory. Kelly Goode tallied 19 to pace all scorers, while Waynesburg was led by Jeannette Wonsettler with eight points and 13 rebounds.
The Yellow Jackets’ (1-16, 0-8) season started off on a strong note with a win in the season opener. Since then however, they have dropped 16 consecutive games, including a 55-50 setback to Thiel Saturday. Freshman forward Elisha Jones recorded a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds, which continued a strong initial season at Waynesburg. She leads the team in scoring (10.8), field goal percentage (41.0) and free throw percentage (67.2) while ranking second in rebounding (5.6).