Swede men fall by 1 in OT

By Steve Sell
December 20, 2015

DENVER — Bethany College’s men scored 94 points on Saturday, but it wasn’t enough.

Jontrell Herman’s two free throws with 3 seconds left in overtime gave Johnson and Wales 95, as the Wildcats sent the Swedes to 0-2 in the Johnson and Wales Classic.

Regulation had ended with an 83-all deadlock.

Gary Jones fired in 24 points to lead the Swedes, while Chavez Jackson had 12, and June Johnson and Tyler Larkin furnished 11 apiece.

Bethany fell to 5-10 with the loss.

“The story on this game is offensive rebounding, where we got beat an unbelievable 17 to 3, which is totally unacceptable,” Bethany coach Clair Oleen said. "We have lost a lot of close games and faced a lot of adversity this first part of the season. We must persist and show tremendous resolve as we prepare to head into the second half of the season. We must use this to grow and make us stronger."

The Swedes lost despite shooting 32 of 58 from the field. However, they were just 21 of 34 at the foul line. 

Bethany is off until Jan. 2 when it plays Southwestern Christian University in Bethany, Okla. Next KCAC action is Jan. 7 when it hosts Southwestern. The Swedes are 2-5 in KCAC play.