Beaver Falls, PA - The turnover bug jumped up and bit the Geneva College men′s basketball team on Wednesday night in the name of Bethany College. The Bison forced 26 Geneva turnovers in a 71-54 decision at Metheny Fieldhouse. The Golden Tornadoes dropped their third straight conference game and fell to 4-14 overall and 3-7 in the conference while Bethany continued to roll to 17-2 and 9-1 in league play.
Despite shooting 52% from the field in the first half, Geneva went to the locker room down 35-26 mainly because of 17 first half turnovers. For the game, Geneva shot 46% , the same number as Bethany, but the Bison attempted 17 more shots on the night while also coming away with 18 offensive rebounds that resulted in 14 second chance points. Geneva cut the lead to six points at 40-34 with 16 minutes remaining in the game but never got any closer. In fact, The Bison scored 16 of the next 18 points to push the lead to 20 points at the 8:32 mark.
Keynon Jackson, making his first start of the season, recorded his first double-double with the Golden Tornadoes with 13 points and ten rebounds. David Phillips and Matt Lorello each scored ten points for Geneva. Lorello, the PAC field goal percentage leader, was a perfect 5-5 from the field.
Bethany′s Reece Mabery scored a game high 21 points to lead a total of five Bison players that finished the night with double figure scoring.
The Golden Tornadoes are back in action on Saturday at Waynesburg before returning home next Wednesday to face Grove City.
Geneva College is a comprehensive Christian college of the arts, sciences and professional studies. Founded in the tradition of the Reformed Christian faith, Geneva prepares students to serve Christ in all areas of society: work, family and the church. Geneva College′s philosophy of education is based on the Foundational Concepts of Christian Higher Education. Geneva is a founding member of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU).