Amazing second half keeps Swedes tied for KCAC lead

By Steve Sell
January 10, 2014

LEAVENWORTH — The showdown is now set.

But Bethany College’s men needed a miracle rally to hold up their end of the bargain.

The Swedes, down 16 points to defending KCAC champion Saint Mary on the Spires’ home floor Thursday, scored an amazing 65 points in the second half to pull out a 93-92 victory.

The Swedes remained unbeaten in the KCAC at 5-0 and tied with Friends. The two teams meet Saturday night in Wichita.

BC’s Kirby Hawkins was unconscious with 36 points, while Ibn IbinIdris added 24. Hawkins poured in seven 3-pointers as the Swedes moved to 12-4 overall.

Saint Mary led 37-28 at half and seemingly had the game under control, but the Swedes drained 20 of 27 second-half shots.

The loss spoiled a remarkable game by Spires freshman phenom Grant Greenberg, who erupted for 39 points.

• SAINT MARY WOMEN 65, BETHANY 58 — In the battle for the basement, the Spires escaped the cellar in a matchup of teams that entered the game 0-4 in KCAC play.

Bethany fell to 2-15 overall with its 14th straight loss. Kendra Austin scored 14 points for the Swedes, who play at Friends on Saturday.