YORK, Neb. — Not even a long road trip and a 15-point deficit early in the game could deter Bethany College’s men from staying in a first-place tie with Tabor in the KCAC basketball standings.
The Swedes charged back to outlast York College 96-94 on Thursday to move to 4-0 in the KCAC and 7-4 overall. The victory was achieved when Ian Merzwinski scored on a last-second shot.
The Swedes have won five of their last six, the only hiccup coming against Central Christian College.
Newcomer Khalid Washington continues to be the straw that stirs the Swedes’ drink with 27 points and Joey Habtemariam chipped in with 22, including 6 of 6 from 3-point range. Tyler Lark furnished 13 points.
York’s Cameron Coleman was terrific in defeat with 30 points. The Panthers had a great first half, up 54-41, but the Swedes erupted for 55 points after the break.
• BETHANY WOMEN 70, YORK 67 — Somebody had to win for the first time and it was the Swedes notching the first victory of the Keith Ferguson era.
Both teams were 0-fer starting the night.
Samm Ashida lit it up for the Swedes with 26 points and Kimi Lindshield chipped in with 13, along with 8 rebounds.
Both Bethany teams are home on Saturday to take on arch-rival Kansas Wesleyan.