Mishawaka, Indiana – The final game of the Gates Automotive Classic featured a pair of local rivals as Bethel College hosted Holy Cross Saturday afternoon in men’s basketball action where the Pilots defeated the Saints 85-68.
The 11th meeting between the two schools began with Holy Cross hot out of the gates connecting on their first two shots from three-point range to claim an early 6-2 lead at the 18:54 mark.
The Saints wouldn’t get another field goal until 13:24 on the clock. By that time Bethel had tallied 19 points on great shooting from Zach Miller who hit back-to-back threes to lead 19-6.
Two free throws by Patrick Oetting gave Bethel their largest lead of the half at 13 (21-8) with 11:20 remaining until intermission.
That’s when the Pilots became complacent as Holy Cross dug deep and took full advantage of eight BC turnovers and head into the half down only five (44-39).
Zach Miller would carry Bethel by shooting five-for-seven from beyond the arc in the opening stanza to lead all scorers with 17 points.
The fiery Saints squad would continue to play physical in the second half and chip away at the deficit and eventually reclaim the lead on a basket by Zoe Bauer to make it 47-46.
The Pilots would collect themselves and after a quick bucket by Matt Schauss Bethel would regain the lead and never give it back.
Bethel would put the game out of reach after a 12-0 run that put the hosts up 71-54. The largest lead of the game for the Pilots would be 20 (81-61) with just under two minutes remaining despite a total of 16 turnovers.
For the game Bethel shot 51 percent from the field while holding the Saints to 38 percent. BC won the battle of the boards 43-32 led by Patrick Oetting with six rebounds.
Zach Miller led four Pilots in double figures with 23 points to go along with five rebounds and an assist.
Matt Schauss would add 14 points and five rebounds in the effort while Landon Booker chipped in 12.
Freshman Caleb Oetjen came off the bench to contribute 10 points and an assist in the win.
Bethel (6-0) will next host another rival in Indiana University-South Bend on Saturday, November 16 at 3:00pm.
News and Notes
Bethel’s 6-0 start to the season is the best since the 2009-2010 campaign where BC finished 28-7.
Bethel now leads the all-time series with Holy Cross 11-0.
In his last three games junior Zach Miller is 21-for-29 from three-point range bringing his career total to 213. (Good for 10th best in Bethel history)
Landon Booker picked up with 150th steal of his career and is 37 steals away from entering the top ten in program history.