Swede men notch first win

By Steve Sell
November 04, 2015

LINDSBORG — Finally, a little defense from the Bethany College Swedes.

And with any defense at all, there’s very little chance of them losing the way they can light up the scoreboard.

The Swedes’ high-powered offense had been unable to overcome their defensive deficiencies in their first two games (giving up 107 points a game), but Tuesday they knuckled down for an 82-74 victory over former MCAC member Southwestern Christian University.

“This was a good win and a needed win against a good team," Bethany coach Clair Oleen said. "We are starting to grow together and that is fun to see."

Jonathan Gidson led the Swedes with 17 points, while newcomer Joey Habtemariam rained five 3-pointers for 15 points. Five Swedes in all hit for double figures as Larry McLin scored 14, June Johnson added 13 off the bench and Cody Harris had 12, along with a team-high eight rebounds.

The Swedes actually trailed by three points at the half, 43-40, before taking command.

Bethany will try to even its record at 2-2 on Saturday when it hosts Mount Marty College. Game time is set for 5 p.m., so note the change.