LINDSBORG — The whispers may soon become shouts.
The word is starting to get around the KCAC — the Bethany men are good. Really good.
With a tremendous collection of individual talent, coach Clair Oleen is bringing it all together as one as the Swedes pounded Ottawa 89-75 Saturday night to improve to 2-0 in the KCAC and 5-3 overall as they won for the third straight time.
Khalid Washington, perhaps the top newcomer in the KCAC, poured in 31 points and Cody Harris — in his second game back after missing last year — looked like the Cody Harris of old with 26. Both rained five 3-pointers as the Swedes are perhaps the most explosive offensive team in the KCAC.
Spurred on by their home crowd, the Swedes exploded to a 23-8 lead and it stayed double digits most of the way.
Highly acclaimed transfer Titus Rice led Ottawa with 20 points as the Braves, thought to be an upper-division team, fell to 0-2 in the KCAC.
Bethany goes to Southwestern on Saturday.
• OTTAWA WOMEN 72, BETHANY 55 — The first win of the Keith Ferguson era continues to be elusive.
The Swedes dropped to 0-2 in the KCAC and 0-6 overall as a 20-1 OU run keyed the triumph.
Tehya Peters topped Bethany with 11 points and Kimi Lindshield tallied 10. All-KCAC preseason pick Ashley Romig led the Braves with 16 as they have won both of their KCAC games so far.