Bellhy’s Big Day Not Enough As W&J Falls To Thiel
GREENVILLE, Pa. – Junior guard Zach Bellhy (McDonald, Pa./Fort Cherry) established a new career-high point total for the second consecutive game, but the Washington & Jefferson men’s basketball team fell to Thiel 63-48 in Presidents' Athletic Conference action on Saturday afternoon at Beeghly Gymnasium.
Bellhy poured in 18 of his career-best 27 points during the first half. He scored the Presidents’ first seven points and finished the half with 7-of-9 shooting.
W&J (3-4, 0-1) trailed 33-29 at halftime as the rest of the team managed to connect on just 5-of-18 shots from the floor. The Tomcats (4-2, 2-0) shot 56 percent (15-27) during the opening 20 minutes.
Thiel pulled away by opening the second half on a 17-1 run, during which W&J misfired on all eight of its shots from the floor. Freshman guard Connor Deckard’s (Aurora, Ohio/Gilmore Academy) layup with 13:53 remaining ended the field goal drought.
Bellhy finished the game 10-of-18 from the floor and added three rebounds and two assists, while playing all 40 minutes. W&J had only one other player contribute more than three points, freshman guard Andy Carter (North Huntingdon, Pa./Norwin), who scored 10 points.
All-Region performer Blair Rozenblad and Austin Forbes both scored 13 points to lead four Tomcats in double figures. Forbes also contributed a team-high nine rebounds, four assists and three steals. Thiel sank just 1-of-11 three-pointers (.091), but still shot 55 percent (28-51) from the field.
W&J concludes its four-game road swing on Wednesday when it faces Thomas More at 7:30 pm.