OMAHA, Neb. – No. 21 Bethel Men’s Basketball led from start to finish in a 73-69 win over No. 17 Texas A&M Texarkana in the 2020-21 NAIA Men’s Basketball National Championship Opening Round, presented by Ballogy, on Friday night. Nathan Aerts scored a game-high 18 points, going 9-10 from the free throw line, and added game-highs of 8 rebounds and 5 assists on the night as well.
Score: Bethel def. Texas A&M Texarkana 73-69
Records: Bethel (21-10) | Texas A&M Texarkana (11-4)
NAIA Top 25 Coaches’ Poll: Bethel – No. 21 | Texas A&M Texarkana – No. 17
Location: DJ Sokol Arena | Creighton University | Omaha, Neb.
Nathan Aerts: 18 pts, 8 reb, 5 ast, 3 stl
Wesley Burse: 18 pts, 5 reb, 4-9 3-pt
TreVion Crews: 13 pts, 8 reb, 3 ast
Jani Griffith: 9 pts, 6 reb, 3-5 fg
INSIDE THE BOXSCORE
The Pilots improve to 33-13 in the NAIA National Championship and 13-3 in the first round of the tournament.
Free throw shooting nearly cost the Pilots, missing two-of-six free throws in the final 25 seconds with a chance to ice the game, but ended the night 25-31 from the charity stripe.
The Pilots outrebounded the Eagles 41-37.
NEXT TIME OUT
The Pilots take on No. 10 Providence (Mont.), the top-seed in the Pilots bracket, on Saturday at 9:00 pm ET in Omaha for the right to advance to the Final 16 in Kansas City.