Grove City, Pa-The Bethany College men's basketball team was edged on the road to Grove City 84-67, Wednesday evening. The Bison had four players score in double digits, led by junior Trey Shifflett (York, Pa/William Penn) with 15 points. The green and white fall to 1-7 (0-2) and the Wolverines are now 3-4 (1-2).
Freshmen Allayasa Bray (Pittsburgh, Pa/Obama Academy) started the Bison scoring with a layup three minutes into the game. The Bison and Wolverines would exchange baskets on multiple occasions throughout the first half. Bray hit a trey giving the Bison the lead 8-5 at the 13:24 mark. The Wolverines moved the ball and hit Chris McKrell with a layup to knot the game back up at 10-10. Freshman Trez Jones (Pittsburgh, Pa/Obama Academy) hit a pair of free throws to give the Bison the lead again, it didn't last long until a Grove City player scored on a layup. A hard fought battle back and forth the Bison gave the lead up for good at the 7:05 mark in the first half. The green and white trailed at halftime 34-26.
The Bison looked to start the second half strong, Bray hit a shot from behind the arc to cut the Grove City lead down to seven, but missed opportunities let the Wolverines take a commanding lead. Bethany continued to try and chip away cutting the lead to eight after the Bison got a pair of free throws from Logan Wolverton (Byesville, Ohio/Meadowbrook) and a three from Dylan Furlong (Norwalk, Ohio/St. Paul) after a Grove City technical. Grove City soon answered back capitalizing on a three and a Bethany turnover. Despite efforts from multiple Bison to cut the lead, Bethany ended the game down 17.
IN THE BOX SCORE
• Junior Trey Shifflett led the Bison with 15 points
• The Bison had four players score in double digits.
• Freshman Allayasa Bray scored 12 points.
• Freshman Khalil Wilson (Pittsburgh, Pa/Woodland Hills) and Freshman Trez Jones each added 10 points.
• The Bison was out matched on the boards, 46-29. Senior Malik Ellis pulled down six rebounds.
• The Green and White shot a hot 87.5% from the charity stripe (21-24).
Head Coach Nick Hager-
"I am proud of our guys for playing as hard as they did, especially when we were down and cutting into Grove City's lead. Every guy contributed in some way and we will need every guy moving forward. We still have a ways to go as far as execution on both ends of the floor, and our urgency to improve needs to be there every day. I'm excited to see this young team when we reach that point. Until then, we'll learn from this and get to work tomorrow to prepare for Thiel".
Bethany heads back home on Saturday to take on Thiel at 3pm in Hummel Fieldhouse.