NORTH NEWTON — The Bethany College men are still alive for the KCAC Postseason Tournament and got some help in the process.
With the Swedes’ hard-fought 79-75 win over Bethel on Thursday, they are now tied with Oklahoma Wesleyan for seventh and eighth place in the KCAC, but just a half-game up on Sterling. The Swedes and Eagles are 8-11, while the Warriors finished 8-12 after being stunned at home by McPherson College on Thursday. Bethany needs to finish ahead of Sterling because the Warriors own the tiebreaker by sweeping the season series. Bethany and Oklahoma Wesleyan split their season series.
Bethany is home on Saturday against Ottawa. Wesleyan is a probable underdog in its game on Saturday with Southwestern.
Bethany led by 11 points with 9 minutes to go, but Bethel roared back to take a one-point lead with 2:50 remaining. The game was tied at 73-all, but the Swedes closed the game strong as Gary Jones paced the way down the stretch.
Jonathan Gidson scored 25 points to lead the Swedes, Jones scored 20 and Larry McLin added 12. Bethany is now 11-17 overall.
• BETHEL WOMEN 54, BETHANY 47 — Last-place Bethel outlasted the 10th-place Swedes by using a late 7-0 run in a match-up of teams finishing out the string.
Bethany, which is out of postseason consideration, is now 5-14 in the KCAC and 9-19 overall as it closes out the season hosting Ottawa on Saturday. Joleen Chanco led Bethany with 14 points and Kimi Lindshield added 13, along with nine rebounds.
It was just the fourth KCAC win of the year for Bethel.