BC tops Bethany 92-80

December 4, 2000
 
The Bluffton College men's basketball team improved to 3-2 on the season with a 92-80 victory over Bethany College (W.Va.) last Saturday in Founders Hall.

Bluffton shot 58% from the floor in the first half on their way to a season-high 58 points and a 58-29 lead, but the visiting Bison squad turned things around in the second half, outscoring the Beavers 51-34 to keep the game close.

Bluffton went up by as many as 30 points in the first half, but Bethany opened the second half with a 22-5 scoring run that shrunk Bluffton's lead to just nine points with just over five minutes gone by in the half. The Bison kept the game close the rest of the way and were down by just eight points with 5:37 left to play, but Bluffton pulled away late to earn their third victory of the season.

Five Bluffton players hit for double figures, led by senior Jeremy Roberts who scored 25 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Senior Ben Coole landed his second career double-double in just 19 minutes as he scored ten points and grabbed ten rebounds. Coole added four blocked shots, four assists and one steal. Junior Rod Overmyer added 17 points.

Bethany's Nevada Smith was 8-10 from 3-point land and finished the game with 30 points.

Roberts leads Bluffton with 24.2 points per game and adds 6.0 rebounds per game. Freshman Scott Remaklus ranks second on the squad with 14.2 points per game and has hit a team-best 14 3-pointers. Junior Travis Elsass and senior Chad Cramer both average over ten points per game. Remaklus leads BC in steals with 2.8 per game, while Coole's 6-2 rebounds and five blocked shots also are team-highs.

Bluffton will host Denison University on Wednesday in Founders Hall at 7:30 p.m.