INDIANAPOLIS – No. 19 Bethel Men’s Basketball scored a pivotal road win on Wednesday, upsetting No. 8 Marian 72-69 in a top-20 Crossroads League showdown. Jared DeHart led all scorers with a game-high 22 points, while TreVion Crews contributed in all facets, notching 18 points, 9 rebounds, and game-highs 7 assists and 2 steals.
- Score: Bethel def. Marian 72-69
- Records: Bethel (16-3, 8-1) | Marian (9-3, 5-3)
- NAIA Top 25 Coaches’ Poll: Bethel – No. 19 | Marian – No. 8
- Location: Physical Education Center | Marian University | Indianapolis, Ind.
- Jared DeHart: 22 pts, 5 reb, 8-12 fg
- TreVion Crews: 18 pts, 9 reb, 7 ast, 2 stl
- Jani Griffith: 8 pts, 7 reb, 4-9 fg
- Nathan Aerts: 13 pts, 3 reb, 2 ast
INSIDE THE BOXSCORE
- The Pilots held the Knights scoreless for the final 2:57 to turn a three-point deficit into a three-point win.
- The Pilots recorded their 39th win over a top ten team in program history and improve to 585-144 when ranked in the Top 25.
- The Pilots won their seventh straight Crossroads League game, their longest winning streak in league play since winning 16 straight in 2016-17. They also matched their league win total from last year with 8 wins.
- The Pilots outrebounded their 13th opponent in 19 chances and improved to 11-2 when pulling down more boards than their opponent.
NEXT TIME OUT
- The Pilots return to the Wiekamp Athletic Center on Friday and Saturday for a pair of non-conference games. They will face Aquinas (Mich.) on Friday at 5:00 pm and get a rematch with Cornerstone (Mich.) on Saturday at 3:00 pm.
THOUGHTS FROM COACH DRABYN
- “That is a big win on the road against a really good team. I am proud of the guys for executing the game plan defensively and playing with toughness. We outrebounded one of the best rebounding teams in the country, won the free throw battle, and held them to 39-percent shooting. We had to do that because Marian is so tough to score against.”
- “Jared DeHart was huge for us with 22 big points while holding Christian Stewart to 9 points. I also thought Wesley Burse, Nathan Aerts, and Jani Griffith guarded their men well also. We are excited for two big home non-conference games this weekend!”