The men’s basketball team opened up their season in dramatic fashion last Wednesday Nov. 2 as the Pilots claimed a 68-67 win over the Holy Cross Saints. It was even the entire way as the teams went into the half deadlocked at 27-27; however, the Pilots were able to look to their veterans as well as some talented newcomers to seal the one point victory. Freshman Matt Schauss stepped up big for Bethel, chipping in 14 points all in the second half. Schauss played more minutes than any other player in the Pilots’ lineup and was 2 for 3 from the three point line. Ryan Benner was the second leading scorer for Bethel with ten points coming off the bench. This was a huge contribution in the Pilots scoring a total of 28 points from their non-starters. Taylor Kolbus showed off some experience as he nearly claimed a double-double with nine points and nine rebounds. Kolbus was very valuable down the stretch and executed a crucial three point play late in the game that set the Pilots up for their first win of the season. Overall, the Pilots will count their blessings as they are able to come out with a nail-biting victory and prepare for a later meeting with the Saints in the annual Gates Classic. The Pilots next game is Tuesday Nov. 9 at Aquinas College. Tip-off for that game is scheduled for 7 p.m.