LINDSBORG — There was no tomorrow for the Bethany College men without a win on Saturday.
Coming through in the clutch, the Swedes outscored Ottawa 100-89 to stave off being eliminated from the KCAC Postseason Tournament. Thanks to McPherson College’s upset of Sterling on Thursday, that opened the door for the Swedes, who walked through to grab the No. 6 seed as they will travel to Leavenworth on Thursday to play Saint Mary.
The Swedes finished KCAC play 9-11 and are 12-17 overall. Jonathan Gidson and Gary Jones were monstrous with 33 and 29 points, respectively, as they wouldn’t let the Swedes’ season end. Gidson went over the 1,000-point mark for his career in the victory as he now has 1,009.
Tyler Larkin had a double-double with 16 points and 10 assists. One more rebound and he would have had a triple-double.
Marshon Norfleet led OU with 19 points.
• BETHANY WOMEN 53, OTTAWA 48 — The Swedes pulled off an upset of Ottawa, finishing the year 6-14 in the KCAC and 10-19 overall, but missing the playoffs.
They also cost Ottawa a chance at a tie for fifth place in the KCAC as the Braves closed in sixth place and have to play at Oklahoma Wesleyan on Wednesday.
Paige Stewart led Bethany with 14 points, while Kimi Lindshield added 10. Ashley Romig had a double-double for the Braves with 17 points and 10 rebounds.