Pilots Overcome Slow Start to Earn Road Win

 

ADRIAN, Mich. – The Bethel College Pilots men’s basketball team fell behind by as many as 13 points in the first half before finding their rhythm in the second half to defeat Siena Heights (Mich.) 84-69 in their season opener on Saturday evening. Trevion Crews led the Pilots with 24 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists, and 3 steals in his debut, while Dominic Genco provided a spark off the bench with 14 of his career-high 19 points coming in the second half.

 

 

GAME VITALS

  • Game Score:Bethel def. Siena Heights 84-69
  • Records: Bethel (1-0) | Siena Heights (0-1)
  • NAIA Top 25 Coaches’ Poll:Bethel – No. 23 | Siena Heights – not rated
  • Location:SHU Fieldhouse | Siena Heights University | Adrian, Mich.

 

STAT TRACKER

  • Trevion Crews: 24 pts, 8 rebs, 6 asts, 3 stls
  • Dominic Genco: 19 pts, 5 rebs, 3 stls
  • Ryan Lutz: 9 pts, 3-7 3-pt
  • Paul Forman: 6 pts, 8 rebs
  • Kyle Hartman: 4 pts, 6 rebs, 4 asts

 

INSIDE THE BOXSCORE

  • The Pilots and Saints faced off for the first time since the 1997 NAIA DII national championship game—a 95-94 Bethel win for their second of three NAIA national championships. The Pilots move to 3-1 all-time against Siena Heights in program history.
  • The Pilots used a 9-0 run to end the first half and open the second half to turn a 13-point deficit into four points and later took their first lead since 9-7 on a Jared DeHart three-pointer with 12:27 remaining—eventually outscoring the hosts 47-25 in the second half.
  • After allowing 7 made three-pointers by the Saints in the first half, the Pilots held the Saints to 1-of-6 shooting from beyond the arc in the second half.
  • The Pilots won their 21st-straight season opener and improve to 49-12 all-time in season-opening games. Their last loss in season openers came on November 7, 1997 against Cornerstone.

 

NEXT TIME OUT

  • The Pilots open up at the Wiekamp Athletic Center for the first time in 2018-19 to take on NAIA DII No. 5 Indiana Tech on Tuesday, October 30 at 7:00 pm.