Andrew Woodley, Sports Information Director
MARIETTA, Ohio (Nov. 27) - The Bison were handed an 87-71 loss by No. 17 Marietta Sunday evening in a non-conference game.
The Bethany College men's basketball team drops its first game of the season and moves to 3-1 overall. Meanwhile, the Pioneers, ranked No. 17 in the D3Hoops.com preseason poll, improve to 5-0 this season.
Junior guard Calique Jones (Pittsburgh, Pa./Obama Academy) recorded a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Bison in the loss. Senior guard Antonio Rudolph (New Castle, Pa./New Castle) matched Jones with 13 points, while junior forwards Liam Davis (Orlando, Fla./Orlando Christian) and Chris Harris (Brecksville, Ohio/Broadview Heights) each added 10 points.
Marietta opened up a 21-11 lead over the opening nine minutes of the contest, before Bethany came storming back. The Bison went on a 14-3 run, aided by a trio of three pointers, to take a 25-24 lead with 6:43 left in the first half.
After each team traded the lead, the Pioneers closed the opening frame out on an 11-2 run to take a 41-33 led into the break.
Marietta pushed its lead to 12 points, 53-41, through the first five minutes of the second half. Consecutive buckets by Jones and Davis trimmed the Bison deficit to single-digits at 53-41, but Bethany did not get any closer. The Pioneers out-scored the Bison 32-24 over the final 13 minutes of the game to claim the win.
Marietta held the advantage in the paint. The Pioneers out-scored Bethany 44-32 in the paint and held a 53-to-35 edge on the glass, including 21 offensive rebounds.
Marietta was led by Keith Richardson, who scored a game-high 28 points to lead the Pioneers.
The Bison will head into Presidents' Athletic Conference play on Wednesday, November 30 when they host Waynesburg at 8 p.m.
March 9, 2017 Rudolph garners ECAC All-Star laurels
February 28, 2017 Rudolph, Jones repeat as All-PAC selections
February 27, 2017 Men's basketball selected into ECAC Tournament field
February 23, 2017 Bison downed by Saint Vincent in PAC semifinal, 74-65
February 21, 2017 Bison advance past Westminster in PAC Quarterfinals, 90-66
February 18, 2017 Bethany falls to Grove City, 86-73
February 15, 2017 Bison hold off Chatham, 71-70
February 13, 2017 PAC, ECAC select Truex rookie of the week
February 11, 2017 Men's basketball falls to W&J, 72-61
February 8, 2017 Truex, Bison surge past Saint Vincent, 83-71
February 4, 2017 Career-high 29 from Rudolph not enough at Thiel, 89-83
February 1, 2017 Men's basketball downed by Thomas More, 69-53
January 28, 2017 Bethany dealt loss at Westminster, 74-66
January 25, 2017 Bison fall to Geneva, 74-66
January 21, 2017 Bethany knocks off Waynesburg, 87-71
January 14, 2017 Men's Basketball storms back to defeat Grove City 74-66
January 11, 2017 Men’s Basketball downs W&J 86-72
January 9, 2017 Truex named PAC Rookie of the Week
January 7, 2017 Bethany holds off Thiel in final seconds, 73-70
January 5, 2017 Men’s Basketball holds off Saint Vincent, 72-66
December 30, 2016 Bison fall to Geneseo in tournament final, 80-59
December 29, 2016 Men's basketball nets overtime win at Case Western Reserve, 86-82
December 19, 2016 Bison defeated by Westminster, 83-58
December 12, 2016 Truex earns weekly PAC rookie laurels
December 10, 2016 Bethany clipped at Thomas More, 76-72
December 5, 2016 Men's basketball picks up win over Franciscan, 79-63
December 3, 2016 Bison knocked off at Geneva, 81-77
November 30, 2016 Bethany topples Waynesburg in PAC opener, 79-65
November 27, 2016 Men's basketball knocked off at No. 17 Marietta, 87-71
November 22, 2016 Bison hold off Carnegie Mellon in overtime, 72-67
November 21, 2016 PAC tabs Truex Rookie of the Week
November 19, 2016 Men's Basketball takes down Juniata, 75-68
November 18, 2016 Bethany wins season-opener over Mount Aloysius, 93-88