LINDSBORG — Don’t look now, but the Bethany College men are charging.
After starting KCAC play 0-4, the Swedes have now crept back within a game of the .500 mark in conference play after an 84-67 victory Saturday over arch-rival Kansas Wesleyan.
The Swedes, who have won three in a row, are now 5-6 in the KCAC and 8-12 overall as they could be the team to make a big second-half move in the standings. Wesleyan, on the other hand, is heading in the opposite direction at 4-7 in the KCAC, 6-14 overall. It has lost its last six games overall.
Wesleyan was up 38-36 before Bethany finished the first half by scoring the final 12 points. The Swedes completed a jaw-dropping 22-0 run by scoring the first 12 points of the second half to blow the game open.
Jonathan Gidson scored 27 points to lead the Swedes, Chavez Jackson tallied 15 off the bench, and Larry McLin and Gary Jones scored 10 apiece.
Bethany begins its make-or-break portion of the schedule on Wednesday by playing at Friends. Four of the next five games for Bethany are on the road as it has played a home-heavy schedule so far. The Swedes have just three home games left.
• KANSAS WESLEYAN WOMEN 58, BETHANY 42 — Bethany was able to slow down the high-scoring Coyotes with some tough defense, but it came at the expense of its offense.
The Coyotes, normally a team that lights it up, was led by Jordyn Alexander with 14 points and 14 rebounds. Karlie Steinle and Jenna Farris scored 10 apiece.
Joleen Chanco and Paige Stewart led the Swedes with 12. The Swedes were just 14 of 55 from the field, 1 of 14 from 3-point.
Bethany is now 3-8 in the KCAC, 6-13 overall and plays the top two teams in the conference on the road next week with games against Friends and Tabor.