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Bethel Men’s Basketball win season opener at Governors State

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Pilots Battle Back to Defeat GSU in Opener

UNIVERSITY PARK, Ill. – Bethel Men’s Basketball opened the 2021-22 campaign on the road with a tough 80-72 victory over Governor’s State on Wednesday evening. Zac Owens led all scorers with 18 points, going 4-of-7 from long range, while Nathan Aerts logged a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds.

• Score: Bethel def. Governor’s State 80-72
• Records: Bethel (1-0) | Governor’s State (1-2)
• NAIA Top 25 Coaches’ Poll: Bethel – NR | Governor’s State – NR
• Location: Athletic & Recreation Center | Governor’s State University | University Park, Ill.

• Zac Owens: 18 pts, 6 ast, 4-7 3-pt
• Nathan Aerts: 17 pts, 10 reb, 8-12 fg
• Drew Greene: 13 pts, 5 reb, 5 ast
• Wesley Burse: 13 pts, 5 reb, 5-10 fg

• The Pilots shot 48.3-percent for the game and 9-of-22 from three-point range.
• After trailing 42-41 entering halftime, the Pilots opened the second stanza on a 17-6 run to take their largest lead of the game with 14:04 remaining.
• Four of the five Pilot starters recorded at least five rebounds.

• “It wasn’t perfect by any stretch, but our guys played hard and competed in a tough environment. We have been working hard on becoming a good defensive team and we forced GSU into a lot of tough shots. Give them credit, they made a lot of tough ones. I thought we stayed with it and kept playing despite some tough breaks. Nathan Aerts did a great job getting us going and Zac Owens and Wesley Burse made some perimeter shots early. We allowed them to shoot too high of a percentage in the first half but did a much better job in the second half forcing them into tough shots. We finished the game well executing late and look forward to using this game to get better.”

• The Pilots make their Wiekamp Athletic Center debut on Friday at 3:00 pm against Simmons (Ky.).