Bethany men stay tied for 1st

By Steve Sell
December 15, 2013

LINDSBORG — For the second straight game at Hahn Gym, the Bethany College men scored more than 100 points.

But Saturday, they needed overtime to do it. 

Make that a big overtime.

The Swedes outscored Southwestern 23-6 in the extra session, after the Moundbuilders had tied the game at the buzzer, for a 108-91 triumph. The 17-point margin was the largest overtime margin in school history.

Bethany completed the December portion of KCAC play with a 4-0 record, which ties it with Friends. The Swedes wrap up the 2013 portion of their schedule next weekend with a two-day tournament in Denver, hosted by Johnson and Wales.

The Swedes trailed much of the game, including by 10 points at halftime, 48-38. But behind the 1-2 punch of Idris IbinIdris and Kirby Hawkins, they stormed back and seemingly had the game won in regulation, only to see Southwestern’s Cameron Clark tip in a shot at the buzzer to make it 85-all and force extra basketball.

The Swedes went offensively crazy in overtime and left the Moundbuilders gasping. It was Bethany’s sixth win in a row and improved its record to 8-3 overall.

IbinIdris scored 36 points and Hawkins added 33, while Jamelle Hays had his best game as a Swede with 15 points and eight rebounds. Jordan Bieberle scored 11 points.

Clark scored 31 for Southwesterns and William Tisdale added 20.

• Southwestern women 71, Bethany 67 — The Swedes were close to pulling off one of the nation's biggest upsets.

Southwestern scored six points in the final half-minute to avoid what would have been the shocker of the conference this year. The No. 9-ranked Moundbuilders enter Christmas the only undefeated team in the KCAC at 4-0 after McPherson College was bounced by Friends during the evening.

Bethany made 10 3-pointers in the game and stayed afloat behind Vikie Dolan (19 points) and Jyll Gamboa (18).

Southwestern received 13 points each from Jana Reichenberger, Montana Rickey and Jordan Hobbs.

The Swedes are now 2-10 overall, 0-4 in the KCAC, after suffering their ninth straight loss. They play this upcoming weekend along with the men in Colorado.