LINDSBORG — Suddenly, the Bethany College men are starting to look like the team nobody wants to see in the KCAC basketball playoffs.
The Swedes have overcome their January funk — which included seven straight losses — with a strong February as they rolled past Friends 95-84 on Thursday. They have won five of their last seven games.
Bethany is now 11-10 in the KCAC and tied with Friends and Ottawa for the No. 5 spot in the playoffs. It is assured, though, of opening postseason play on the road.
Big man Ian Merzwinski had a huge night with 17 rebounds to go along with his 11 points for a double-double.
Khalid Washington topped Bethany with 29 points, while Joey Habtemariam and Cody Harris scored 22 and 16, respectively.
Bethany has a chance to get back to .500 on Saturday when it takes a 14-15 record into Leavenworth to take on Saint Mary.
• FRIENDS WOMEN 104, BETHANY 57 — The Falcons are ranked No. 14 in the country and showed why.
The relentless Falcon pressure forced Bethany into a staggering 38 turnovers. The amazing Shann Sellers, a lock for All-American honors, was stunning for the Falcons with 37 points, making 15 of 16 shots.
Tehya Peters led Bethany with 16 points, Samirah Miller scored 14 and Samm Ashida chipped in with 11.
Bethany, now 5-16 in the KCAC and 7-20 overall, wraps up the season Saturday in Leavenworth against Saint Mary.