MISHAWAKA – Bethel Men’s Basketball withstood an early second half run by Clarke to defeat the Pride 93-70 on Saturday afternoon. Zac Owens led all scorers with 28 points on 8-14 shooting, while TreVion Crews added 11 points, 7 assists, and 2 steals in the victory.
Score: Bethel def. Clarke 93-70
Records: Bethel (11-2) | Clarke (5-4)
NAIA Top 25 Coaches’ Poll: Bethel – RV | Clarke – NR
Location: Wiekamp Athletic Center | Bethel University | Mishawaka, Ind.
Zac Owens: 28 pts, 9-9 ft, 5 ast
TreVion Crews: 11 pts, 7 ast, 2 stl
Wesley Burse: 11 pts, 3-5 3-pt, 7 reb
Jani Griffith: 11 pts, 5-5 fg, 2 reb
INSIDE THE BOXSCORE
The Pilots led by as many as 15 points in the first half. Clarke opened the second half on an 18-9 run to get within four. After Clarke got within 54-51, the Pilots used a 25-8 run to push the lead back to 18 with 5:19 left.
The Pilots shot 53.1-percent from the field, their second-highest percentage this season.
The Pilots committed just 8 turnovers on the night, their fewest in the game this season.
THOUGHTS FROM COACH DRABYN
“I loved the defensive mindset we had to start the game and throughout the first half. We forced tough shots and kept them out of rhythm. Zac Owens carried us offensively in that first half with 20 points. I was really proud of our guys when Clarke made a run in the second half. We had a great response and got the game back in our favor by getting stops and getting the ball to the basket and drawing fouls. Jani Griffith was really efficient in his minutes; it was great to have Wesley Burse back, he made open shots and is a great defender for us. Now onto one of the best teams in the country at Saint Francis on Monday!”
NEXT TIME OUT
The Pilots travel to Fort Wayne on Monday to take on Saint Francis at 5:00 pm.