LINDSBORG —Little did anyone know at the time, but Jamon Fulton’s halfcourt 3-pointer at the halftime buzzer was the start of an amazing comeback for Kansas Wesleyan Saturday night against KCAC co-leader Bethany College at Hahn Gym.
Fulton’s basket only cut into the Swedes’ healthy 14-point lead as it was 48-37 going into the break. But it lit a fire under his team.
The Coyotes shredded the Swedes for 54 second-half points to hand Bethany its first KCAC loss, 91-87.
Fortunately for Bethany on Saturday, Saint Mary handed Tabor its first conference loss in two years as the Swedes and Bluejays are now 4-1, but a lot of teams were brought back into play.
The Coyotes roared back into the game quickly in the second half, then put it away down the stretch. Trent Edwards made 5 of 6 free throws in the last half-minute to ice it.
Khalid Washington led the Swedes with 18 points, Joey Habtemariam scored 17 and Tyler Larkin stuffed the stat sheet with 13 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Cody Harris chipped in with 10.
Edwards led KW with 24.
The Swedes, now 7-5 overall, go on the road Thursday to Oklahoma Wesleyan.
• KANSAS WESLEYAN WOMEN 71, BETHANY 62 — The Swedes put up a good fight, but couldn’t overcome 13 3-pointers by the Coyotes.
Jenna Farris scored 25 points to lead KW, which included a six-pack of treys. Karlie Steinle hit five bombs on her way to 21 points.
Tehya Peters led the Swedes with 19 points and Kimi Lindshield chipped in with 15.
Bethany trailed only 61-60 with 3 minutes to go, but the Coyotes outscored the Swedes 10-2 the rest of the way.
Bethany is now 1-4 in the KCAC and 1-8 overall. It plays Thursday at Oklahoma Wesleyan.