LEAVENWORTH — The Bethany College men won and lost despite playing only one basketball game on Saturday.
The Swedes lost a 91-82 decision to Saint Mary, but it was determined that the Spires had played a game over their 30-game limit and immediately forfeited.
Bethany thus finished the regular season 15-15, 12-10 in the KCAC for fifth place. The Swedes go to York on Wednesday for the first round of the KCAC Tournament.
Cody Harris scored 23 points to lead the Swedes, with Tyler Larkin, Joey Habtemariam and Khalid Washington all adding 13.
Saint Mary superstar Grant Greenberg scored 39 for the Swedes as it was his final regular-season home game in a career that has seen him become the all-time leading scorer in the KCAC as well as college basketball in Kansas as he surpassed Kansas’ Danny Manning earlier this year.
• SAINT MARY WOMEN 73, BETHANY 61 — It would have been easy for the Swedes to mail it in, but they played third-place Saint Mary tough before succumbing.
Keith Ferguson’s first year as coach ended with a 5-17 KCAC record and 7-21 mark overall, but keep an eye out for the Swedes as Ferguson has Division I recruiting experience from his years as an assistant at Fresno State and it could be a program that makes the biggest jump in the standings next year.
Kimi Lindshield just missed a double-double in her final game as a Swedes with 13 points and 9 rebounds. Tehya Peters led Bethany with 14 points and Imani White had 22 for the Swedes.