Swede men can't defend home turf

By Steve Sell
February 03, 2017

LINDSBORG — It’s perplexing for the Bethany College men that they struggle at home against teams below them in the KCAC standings.

The Swedes entered Thursday’s game against Oklahoma Wesleyan ahead of the Eagles in the standings, but Breiman Alexander’s stunning 43-point game lifted the Oklahomans to a 113-104 victory in a game where defense on both ends was fleeting.

Bethany is now in the No. 8 and final spot for the KCAC playoffs at 8-9, but Oklahoma Wesleyan is just a half-game back at 7-9 as it still has a makeup game left with Friends.

Oklahoma Wesleyan scored a shocking 64 points in the first half as its offense left the Swedes defenseless.

Alexander made 8 3-pointers in his splurge. Anietie Jack added 22 and 13 rebounds.

Khalid Washington had a huge game for the Swedes with 29 points, Cody Harris added 26 and Joey Habtemariam funished 17. The Swedes did a set a school record by making 18 3-pointers in the game, only to be for naught.

Bethany has now lost at home to the four teams behind it in the standings.

The Swedes, now 11-14 overall, go to Bethel on Saturday.

• OKLAHOMA WESLEYAN WOMEN 76, BETHANY 65 — The Swedes’ playoff hopes got dimmer as they are now 5-12 in the KCAC and 7-16 overall.

Kimi Lindshield had yet another fine game in defeat for the Swedes with a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds. Samirah Miller scored 14 and Samm Ashida added 10.

Shelbe Kirby topped Wesleyan with 19. The Eagles are 7-9 in the KCAC and in the eighth and final spot, a half-game ahead of McPherson College. Wesleyan still has a makeup game with Friends.

Bethany should have a great chance to notch a win on Saturday at last-place Bethel.