LINDSBORG — Now that Bethany College’s men have the defensive end figured out, they’re going to be tough to beat.
Bethany, which gave up 107 points a game in two losses to open the season, evened its record at 2-2 on Saturday with an 85-76 home victory over Mount Marty of South Dakota.
Jonathan Gidson, one of three Swedes named on Friday to the All-KCAC preseason team, funneled in 29 points to lead the way, while fellow preseason pick Gary Jones added 17. Larry McLin scored 11 and reserve June Johnson scored 10 off the bench. Bethany overcame poor nights from 3-point (2 of 14) and the foul line (23 of 32), while committing 21 turnovers.
“This was a physical and rugged game that got sloppy at times with turnovers and a lot of stoppage for free throws," Bethany coach Clair Oleen said. "The bottom line is we persevered and got the “W.” We will continue to work to get better one day at a time."
The Swedes go on the road for the first time on Friday when they play a rematch against Mid-America Christian in Oklahoma City. Bethany lost the first meeting, 115-95. The Swedes then play Oklahoma Baptist on Saturday, which is the last game before the start of conference play on Nov. 19 at Kansas Wesleyan.
• BENEDICTINE WOMEN 81, BETHANY 50 — At Atchison, No. 15-ranked Benedictine ran away from the Swedes, who are now 1-2 on the year.
“Despite the final score, we played much better tonight than we did yesterday against Avila,” Bethany coach Brett Morehouse said. “We missed a lot of easy shots in the first half and we were still within striking distance. We have to get better at finishing layups in traffic and converting contested shots in the paint. We must make shots to set our press and ultimately control the tempo of the game.”
Adriane Davis led Bethany with 13 points, while Ciera Wong and Tiffani Jackson both came off the bench with 11 and 10 points, respectively.
The Swedes play Bacone on Friday at York, Neb., then take on Oglala Lakota College on Saturday to complete the York Classic.