Mishawaka, Ind. - Senior Jordan Bowerman poured in 25 points as the No. 16 (NAIA D-II) Pilots of Bethel College bounced back after their first loss in seven weeks to defeat Huntington University 83-65 Tuesday night in Mishawaka.
Three minutes into the contest, the visiting Foresters grabbed what would be their only lead of the night, 6-5. The Pilots responded with a 10-0 run capped off with a Bowerman dunk to jump in front 15-6. However, Huntington battled back to tie the game at 17-17 midway through the period. Once again, Bethel hit the Foresters with another huge run. This time, a 17-3 spurt put the Pilots in command by the score of 34-20. The first half was ended on a steal and score at the buzzer from Matt Schauss to put Bethel up 39-27 at the break. Bethel's Zach Miller would score 18 points in the half to lead all scorers.
The second stanza began with the Foresters trimming the deficit to eleven (41-30) before the Pilots used a 19-6 run to claim their largest lead of the night at 60-36 with 11:53 remaining in the contest. Bethel still led by 24 points (69-45) four minutes later, before Huntington managed to cut into the deficit somewhat. However, they were unable to get any closer than 14 points the rest of the way.
As was mentioned above, Jordan Bowerman connected on 10 of 13 shots from the field on his way to an impressive line of 25 points, six rebounds, three assists and six steals. Zach Miller ended the game with 21 points to go along with six rebounds and a steal. Senior Drew Schauss jumped into the starting line-up replacing the injured Ryan Benner and scored nine points. Bethel would also get a great effort from Brandon Gerber as the junior had six points and pulled down a team-high 11 rebounds. Matt Schauss would score five points and dish out 12 assists to go along with eight rebounds.
For the game, Bethel shot 48 percent from the field and out-rebounded the Foresters 44-37. Huntington, playing without star Shane Merryman, shot 37 percent from the field and was led by Ryan Boester who scored 20 points.
Bethel (17-4, 8-1 CL) now hits the road as they travel to Spring Arbor University (13-8, 3-6 CL) to take on the Cougars on Saturday, January 19. Tip-off is slated for 3:00pm.