In the one hundredth matchup between the two teams, the Bethel College Pilots beat the Maple Leafs of Goshen College 105-78 on Tuesday night.
Earlier Tuesday evening, the newest NAIA Coaches’ Poll was released, with Bethel coming in at no. 7 with an 8-1 record.
They carried that success into Tuesday night’s game behind star shooting guard Zach Miller.
Miller has been on fire all year, and he leads the entire nation (in any level of college basketball) in both three-point field goals made and three-point percentage. He kept his hot shooting going with 23 points on seven three-pointers in the first half.
And Miller was not alone. As a team, the Pilots were 11 of 18 from three in the opening half.
The Maple Leafs did their best to stay in the game, but Bethel’s shooters spurred the Pilots to a 60-34 halftime lead.
Goshen hung tough in the opening minutes of the second half, behind star guard Jerron Jamerson, who finished the game with 17 points and six rebounds.
But once again, the Pilots' offense was too much as Bethel cruised to the 105-78 victory.
Despite his hot first half, Miller went scoreless in the second frame. Still, he was the game’s leading scorer with 23 points. Bethel point guard Matt Schauss put in 19 points to go along with 9 assists, and forward Pat Oetting also added 18.
Goshen was led by Jamerson’s 17 points to go along with 15 points from point guard Billy Geschke.
The Pilots move to 9-1 on the season with a 1-1 record in the Crossroads League. Goshen falls to 3-6 with an 0-2 Crossroads League record.