KW cagers sweep rival Bethany

By Steve Sell
November 19, 2017

LINDSBORG — So far since Bethany College and Kansas Wesleyan have officially named their competitions “the Smoky Hill Showdown,” all the results have gone the Coyotes’ way.

The Coyotes won the inaugural Smoky Hill Showdown in football and then on Saturday, swept the first basketball games between the schools under the new monicker.

The KW men reeled off an amazing 33-4 run in the second half to spark a 95-77 victory, dropping Bethany to 0-2 in the KCAC and 3-6 overall.

The Swedes used a late first-half run to take a 42-41 lead into the break, but it was all Coyotes in the second half.

Jamon Fulton, who scored 16 points during the run, finished with 19 to lead KW. Ithello Cross scored 14 off the bench and Ernest Carter chipped in with 11.

Bethany had a double-barreled attack with 21 points by Tyler Larkin and 20 by Isiah Saenz. Thomas Hood also was in doubles with 15.

KW’s bench came up huge as it scored 50 points, while the Swedes’ subs tallied 29.

Bethany is home on Tuesday to take on McPherson College at Hahn Gym. Both teams are looking for their first KCAC win.

• KANSAS WESLEYAN WOMEN 76, BETHANY 71 — The Swedes proved they can play with one of the best teams in the KCAC as they charged back from a 12-point halftime deficit to make things interesting.

KW led 34-22 at the break, but Bethany had a big second half offensively with 49 points.

Marissa Pope continued to play like an All-Conference selection with 18 points to lead Bethany. Former Great Bend High star Lauren Welsch furnished 15 and Alex Tyson added 14. The key stat of the game was that the Swedes were just 23 of 44 from the foul line.

Haleigh Bradford led KW with 16.

Bethany hosts McPherson College on Tuesday in a matchup of teams that are 1-1 in the KCAC. The Swedes are 4-4 overall.