SALINA — The first shockwave was sent throughout the KCAC Thursday night.
Kansas Wesleyan’s men stunned arch-rival and expected title contender Bethany College in a three-overtime dilly, 104-100.
Nobody could have seen this one coming, as Bethany is chockfull of incredible athletes and offensive performers, two reasons it’s considered a major threat for the KCAC championship. Kansas Wesleyan, on the other hand, was picked 10th in the KCAC preseason poll.
Remarkably, it was just 66-all after regulation, but as the night went on the points piled up.
The Swedes, in their defense, played without injured All-America candidate Cody Harris, out with an ankle injury.
Still, they scored more than enough points to win. Jonathan Gidson made 16 of 17 free throws on his way to 34 points, while Gary Jones scored 16 and Joey Habtemariam added 10.
Big man Jacob Lunz powered his way to 30 points to lead the Coyotes, while Dominique Johnson wasn’t far behind with 26. Dylan Hildago added 15 and Ryan Hill scored 12.
The Swedes, now 2-4 overall, host Friends on Saturday. The Falcons were the odd-team out on Thursday a as the KCAC now has 11 schools and one is open each night.
• KANSAS WESLEYAN WOMEN 83, BETHANY 55 — There are some observers who believe Kansas Wesleyan is playing the best basketball of any KCAC team in the early season.
The veteran Coyotes rolled up 51 second-half points to pull away from the improved Swedes, who are now 2-4 overall.
Jenna Farris, the early season leader for KCAC Player of the Year, drilled 19 points for KW. Adriane Davis led Bethany with 16, but needed 19 shots to do it.
Bethany hosts Friends on Saturday.