Swedes men outlasted in 2016 debut

By Steve Sell
January 03, 2016

BETHANY, Okla. — Bethany College’s men’s basketball team made its 2016 debut on Saturday, losing a narrow 81-77 verdict to Southwestern Christian University.

The game was tied at 40-all at the half as Bethany overcame a 16-3 deficit at the outset to knot the game by the break.

The Swedes had a new-look starting lineup, though most of the scoring came from the bench as the Bethany reserves totaled 51 of the 77 points. Subs Larry McLin and June Johnson led the Bethany scoring with 19 and 14 points, respectively.

Southwestern Christian did a solid job defensively on Swede standout Gary Jones, who had strung together some recent big scoring games. He was held to five points and four rebounds in 23 minutes of play.

“A terrible start got us down by 20 points,” Bethany coach Clair Oleen said. “We turned that around and made that all up by halftime.”

 Bethany is now 5-11 and returns to KCAC action on Thursday by hosting Southwestern.