KANSAS CITY – No. 21 Bethel Men’s Basketball gave up a 16-point first half lead in the NAIA Men’s Basketball National Championship Quarterfinal Round to No. 24 Saint Francis and fell 89-81 on Saturday. Nathan Aerts led the Pilots with 19 points and 6 rebounds.
Score: Saint Francis def. Bethel 89-81
Records: Bethel (23-11) | Saint Francis (27-8)
NAIA Top 25 Coaches’ Poll: Bethel – No. 21 | Saint Francis – No. 24
Location: Municipal Auditorium | Kansas City, Mo.
Nathan Aerts: 19 pts, 6 reb, 2 ast
TreVion Crews: 15 pts, 5 ast, 3 stl
Jared DeHart: 11 pts, 5 reb, 6 ast
Wesley Burse: 10 pts, 8 reb
Jake Johnson: 12 pts, 4-8 3-pt
INSIDE THE BOXSCORE
The Pilots led 44-28 at 4:28 remaining in the first half and gave up a 40-13 run to trail 68-57 with 9:30 left in the game.
The Pilots shot just 8-27 from three in the game.
It is the Pilots second loss this season when leading by double digits. The Pilots also led by as many as 14 in the Crossroads League Tournament Quarterfinals loss to Mount Vernon Nazarene.
TreVion Crews finishes his career with 2,223 career points—6th on the program’s all-time scoring list. His 813 points scored this season are the fourth-most in single season program history and his 24.6 per game average is the best in single season program history.
The Pilots were making their ninth NAIA Men’s Basketball National Championship Quarterfinal Round appearance in program history and their fifth since 2008 (08-09-14-17-21). The Pilots are 5-4 in the quarterfinals.