WINFIELD — The Bethany College men are now truly legit.
The Swedes went into venerable Stewart Field House on Tuesday and pinned an 81-76 basketball loss on Southwestern to move to 3-0 in the KCAC.
The Swedes won their fourth game in a row to move to 6-3 overall.
The game was tight all the way, but a late 3-pointer by Joey Habtermariam proved to be the crushing blow.
BC’s Tyler Larkin, the reigning KCAC Defensive Player of the Week, showed his offensive skills with a team-high 22 points. Habtermariam added 12 and Cody Harris knocked down 10.
Cameron Hunt topped the Builders with 24 points, while DJ Wallace added 17. Southwestern lost despite winning the rebounding battle, 45-35.
Bethany takes a break from KCAC play, but has no bargain, as it goes on the road Saturday to play Central Christian College in McPherson.
• SOUTHWESTERN WOMEN 68, BETHANY 60 — The winless Swedes put up a good fight against the Builders, but are still looking for their first victory.
Bethany is now 0-3 in the KCAC and 0-7 overall. The Swedes led 32-28 at the half, but were outscored 40-28 after the break.
Tehya Peters came off the bench to provide a spark for Bethany with 19 points, while Kimi Lindshield scored 14 and Samm Ashida added 10.
Southwestern played without star player Jordyn Miller, out with an injury. Kayla Demel came off the bench to lead the Builders with 14.
Bethany will be on the road this weekend in Grand Junction, Colo., for games against Colorado Mesa on Friday and Western State Colorado on Saturday.