OTTAWA — Bethany College’s men proved that their high-wire home show plays to rave reviews on the road as well.
The Swedes, who had opened KCAC play with two impressive home victories, overcame a 40-37 halftime deficit Thursday for an 86-81 victory to remain in a first-place KCAC tie with Friends.
It was a double-barreled attack for the Swedes as Idris IbinIdris and Kirby Hawkins were nothing short of sensational with 35 and 30 points, respectively. Julian Rose led the Braves with 25 points.
“We did not open this game with Bethany energy defensively and we were walking the ball up the floor offensively," Swede coach Clair Oleen said. "Second half we were more aggressive offensively, which allowed us to get to the free throw line more. Bottom line, we won on the road in the KCAC.”
The Swedes, now 7-3 overall, host Southwestern Saturday in their final game before Christmas.
• OTTAWA WOMEN 53, BETHANY 44 — The Swedes were ice cold in the first half, trailing 27-16, before playing the Lady Braves on relatively even terms the rest of the way.
Bethany fell to 0-3 in the KCAC and 2-9 overall.
Alex Brammer topped the Swedes with 13 points.
“I was happy with our defensive effort. Anytime you hold a team under 60 points you usually have an opportunity to win," Bethany coach Brett Morehouse said. "But we simply got dominated on the boards and at the free throw line. Offensively, we need to learn how to be more aggressive and finish shots once we get into the paint.”
The Swedes host No. 9 Southwestern on Saturday in their final pre-Christmas game.