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Bison Men Are Tabbed Third

GREENVILLE, Pa. — The Bethany College men’s basketball team was picked to finish third in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference Preseason Coaches’ Poll.

Thomas More, last season’s PAC runner-up, was tabbed as the preseason favorite after receiving six first-place votes. Four-time defending champion Saint Vincent earned three first-place votes and was picked to finish second, while the Bison secured the final first-place vote to slot third in the poll.

Bethany second-year coach Nick Hager returns his entire starting lineup, including his top-three leading scorers, from a team that went 17-10 overall last season and made an appearance in the PAC Semifinals. Hager also has the luxury of being one of two teams (Thomas More) to return multiple All-PAC performers from last year.

Senior All-PAC first-team guard Antonio Rudolph ranked second on the team with 12.1 points per game and led the PAC with 8.2 rebounds per game. The versatile guard also ranked fourth in the league with 3.9 assists per game and is the only first team all-conference honoree from a season ago that returns this year.

Junior Calique Jones, an All-PAC Honorable Mention selection in 2015-16, led the team and ranked 11th in the league with 13.3 ppg. and will help solidify the backcourt.

Junior forward Andrew Williams and senior forward Javonte’ Trujillo head the frontcourt. Williams averaged 11.3 ppg. last season, while Trujillo ranked fifth on the team with 7.6 ppg. and second with 4.8 rebounds per game.

Nov. 27: at Marietta 7 p.m.

Nov. 30: Waynesburg 8 p.m.

Dec. 3: at Geneva 3 p.m.

Dec. 5: Franciscan 7 p.m.

Dec. 10: at Thomas More 3 p.m.

Dec. 19: Westminster 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 29: vs. Case Western 7 p.m.

Dec. 30: TBA (at Case Western) TBA

Jan. 5: at Saint Vincent 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 7: Thiel 4 p.m.

Jan. 11: at Wash. & Jefferson 8 p.m.

Jan. 14: at Grove City 3 p.m.

Jan. 18: Chatham 8 p.m.

Jan. 21: at Waynesburg 3:30 p.m.

Jan. 25: Geneva 8 p.m.

Jan. 28: at Westminster 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 1: Thomas More 8 p.m.

Feb. 4: at Thiel 4 p.m.

Feb. 8: Saint Vincent 8 p.m.

Feb. 11: Wash. & Jefferson 4 p.m.

Feb. 15: Chatham 8 p.m.

Feb. 18: Grove City 4 p.m.

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