Bethany comeback sinks BC 63-61

December 11, 1999


From Brian Rose, Bethany SID

Sophomore guard Nevada Smith hit a three-pointer with two minutes left to cap a furious second half comeback by the Bethany College men's basketball team and propel them to a 63-61 victory over Bluffton College saturday afternoon.

The visiting Beavers dominated the first half, shooting 52 percent on their way to a 34-20 halftime lead.

The second half belonged to the Bison. Bethany cut the deficit to 41-37 with four minutes gone in the half and never went away. With four and a half minutes left in the game, Bethany took its first lead on a pair of free throws by sophomore forward Keith Schubert. Schubert scored all of his points in the second half to spearhead the comeback.

Bluffton came right back to take the lead less than a minute later on a pair of free throws by guard Rod Overmyer. Bethany tied the game at 59 on a free throw by center Pete Stokic with two a half minutes to go.

After Bluffton missed their next shot, Smith popped open off a screen and buried the shot that gave the Bison a lead they would never relinquish. Bluffton hit a pair of free throws with 1:23 left to make it a one-point game but missed two chanced to take the lead and Bethany held on for its third win of the year against four losses. The Beavers dropped to 4-4 overall.

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