Swede men on the comeback trail

By Steve Sell
January 29, 2017

SALINA — Bethany’s men are back.

After enduring a numbing seven-game losing streak to begin January, it appears the Swedes have recaptured the form that made them a KCAC contender the first two months of the season.

The Swedes climbed back to .500 in the KCAC on Saturday with a 79-71 road victory over arch-rival Kansas Wesleyan.

The Swedes at one point were 6-2 in the KCAC, but then fell off the cliff before rebounding with two important wins this week to move to 8-8.

Tyler Larkin, Cody Harris and Ian Merzwinski all scored 16 points for Bethany as it is now 11-13 on the season.

KW fed off its crowd early to sprint to a 16-7 lead, but an 18-0 run put the Swedes in good position and they finished off the Coyotes with another impressive lick, 21-2, in the second half.

The Swedes are back home Thursday to take on Oklahoma Wesleyan. They play three straight games against teams behind them in the standings before closing with three games against teams ahead of them.

• KANSAS WESLEYAN WOMEN — Short-handed Kansas Wesleyan got the job done despite missing two starters and fending off a Swede team that had been playing much better as of late.

Bethany’s playoff hopes are starting to look grim as it is now 5-11 in the conference and 7-15 overall.

Tehya Peters led Bethany with 18 points and Samm Ashida added 15.