MCKENZIE, Tenn. – The Bethel Wildcats will meet Martin Methodist Thursday night in Pulaski with tip-off slated for 7:30 p.m. The two SSAC squads met earlier this season in McKenzie with the RedHawks winning 86-80.
Match-up: The Wildcats are 18-8 overall and 9-7 in the SSAC. MMC is 18-8 and 12-4. The Wildcats have won two in a row and five of their last six games. Martin Methodist has won four in a row and eight of their last nine games. MMC received votes this week in the latest nation poll. The Hawks are 10-4 at home this season while Bethel is 2-4 on the road. The Cats are 5-0 in neutral site games with three wins in Pulaski earlier this season in the SSAC/MSC Challenge.
Coaches: Coach Jeff Britt is in his 17th year as head coach of the Wildcats. He surpassed the 400 career win mark earlier this season with a win over Pikeville in the SSAC/MSC Challenge held at Martin Methodist. He is 412- 276 in his career and 304-233 at Bethel. His 300th win at Bethel came recently with a victory over Blue Mountain.
Scott Combs is in his fifth season with the Hawks and is 106-47.
Last Game: The Wildcats used a quick start running out to a 30-16 lead and went on to beat No.4 Dalton State Saturday night 102-89 in Crisp Arena. The game marked the eighth time this season the Wildcats have scored 100 or more points in a game. They are 8-0 in those contests. It was also the fifth victory of the season over a ranked team by the Wildcats.
The Wildcats are 18 -8 overall and 9 -7 in the SSAC after the win. DSC is now 20-3 and 12-3. Bethel is 64 -18 all-time in Crisp Arena.
The Road Runners had 42-22 advantage in bench points and a 52-38 margin in points in the paint but Bethel still found a way to win. They did it hitting shots. The Cats shot 59 percent hitting 29-of- 49 shots from the floor. They hit ten threes' and knocked down 34-of-45 free throw attempts. Dalton State shot 46 percent connecting on 34-of-73 shots. They hit five three's and hit 16-of-23 charity tosses. Bethel had a 38-28 advantage on the boards.
Andrew Rogan scored a career high 32 points to lead the Wildcats. Isaac Edmondson followed with 24 points and eight rebounds. Justice Scott continued his fine play with 18 points. David Fraser came off the Wildcat bench with 10 points. Reed Dungan led the Road Runners with 27 points.
After leading by as many as 15 points in the second half, Martin Methodist had to hang on down the stretch in a 90-86 victory over Middle Georgia State College on Homecoming Weekend 2017. Caleb Chowbay posted 20 points, Broderick Davis added 16 and Toderick Davis notched 11 in the win.
Albert Lynch also flirted with a 20-point performance as he finished the night with 19 points and a game-high five assists.
SERIES: On the Air: The game will be aired on WEIO, 100.9 and at www.thefarmradio.com. The Countdown to Tip-off Show begins following the women's broadcast. Dave McCulley and Zach O'Kelley call the action on both entities.