|Spring Arbor (Mich.) 11-8, 3-4 CL||33||36||69|
|Bethel (Ind.) 16-3, 6-1 CL||44||36||80|
|Jan. 10, 2017|
|Spring Arbor (Mich.)||Indv. Leaders||Bethel (Ind.)|
|#11 Paul Marandet - 24||Points||#10 Caleb Oetjen - 23|
|#22 Thomas Starks - 8||Rebounds||#42 Gage Ott - 9|
|#24 Xavier Prather - 5||Assists||3 Players - 3|
|Spring Arbor (Mich.)||Team Statistics||Bethel (Ind.)|
|42.1% (24 - 57)||Field Goals %||48.4% (30 - 62)|
|40.9% (9 - 22)||3 Point Field Goals %||36.4% (8 - 22)|
|63.2% (12 - 19)||Free Throws||75% (12 - 16)|
|8||2nd Chance Pts||11|
MISHAWAKA, Ind. – The Spring Arbor University men's basketball team looked to bounce back in Crossroads League play as it traveled south to play the No. 9 ranked Pilots of Bethel College Tuesday night.
The Cougars were hot out of the gate as they jumped out to a quick six point lead. But, the Pilots would respond and end the first half a mini run to push the halftime deficit to 11. Trailing by as much as 15 in the second half, SAU would mount a valiant effort and cut the lead to three with less than four minutes to play. But, the run was too little, too late as the home team would hang on to win 80-69.
FINAL SCORE: Spring Arbor 69, #9 Bethel 80
LOCATION: Gates Gymnasium | Mishawaka, Ind.
RECORDS: Spring Arbor 11-8 (3-4 CL), Bethel 16-3 (6-1 CL)
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Spring Arbor opened the contest with some great play from big man Zach Medendorp as he hit two quick buckets to help give the Cougars their biggest lead of the night at 11-5.
- Bethel would get right back into it with back-to-back triples from Jordyn Coon and Trey'von Covington to tie the game up.
- The teams would trade baskets over the next ten minutes of the contest. Bethel then mounted a mini 9-3 run to end the half pushing their lead to 11 at the break.
- The Pilots scored the first five points of the second frame extending their lead to 49-33 – their largest of the contest.
- The Cougars would not go away quietly as their backcourt took over the next five minutes leading the visitors on a 13-0 run, cutting the lead to three at the 12:50 mark.
- As quickly as the lead was cut to three, just like that Bethel would push it back to 15 and the game seemed to be in hand.
- However, SAU had one run left in the tank as it leaned on their nationally ranked defense to lead them. The Cougars locked down the Pilots offense as they went on a late 14-2 run to once again cut the lead to three, 69-66, with 3:47 to go.
- But, the effort was too little, too late for the Cougars as Bethel would hold on to record its sixth conference win, 80-69.
BEYOND THE BOXSCORE
- Freshman guard Paul Marandet proved once again to be a rising star in this league as he dropped 24 points, five boards and two assists on the road against a top-10 ranked team.
- The Cougars had two others in double figures as Medendorp and Drew Zuidema had 17 and 10 points, respectively.
- The difference in the contest came in the points off turnovers and points in the paint as the margin was plus-10 for Bethel in both.
FOR THE PILOTS
- Bethel's high-powered attack was led by five guys in double figures. But, the star of the night was guard Caleb Oetjen, who was unstoppable posting 23 points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals.
- Gage Ott had 14 points and nine boards. Coon and Covington both had 11 points on the night and Clay Yeo had 10 to round out the scoring for the Pilots.
- The Pilots bench came up big throughout the contest as they put up 23 points to 13 from the Cougars bench players.
Spring Arbor will return home for another conference tilt with Grace College (9-10, 1-6 CL) Saturday, Jan. 14 for a 3 p.m. tip off. The Cougars will welcome back and recognize the 1996-97 team at halftime of the contest. The team, led by head coach Doug Noll, won a program record 29 games that season on its way to the Elite 8 of the NAIA national tournament and a No. 4 national ranking.