LINDSBORG — Idris IbnIdris showed once again Wednesday why he’s simply too good to be playing in the KCAC.
Winless Bethel was no match for the 6-5 senior, who broke the Bethany College single-game scoring record with 46 points, 30 of those coming in the first half.
The old mark was 43 by Kenny McDonald in 1989
Behind IbnIdris, the Swedes crushed the hapless Threshers 112-77 and moved into sole possession of first place in the KCAC after Friends lost at home to Tabor.
The Swedes finished the first half of KCAC play 8-1 and are now in control of their own destiny as they attempt to win the conference title for the first time in 24 years.
IbnIdris, who entered the game ranked No. 3 in the nation in scoring at just over 27 points a game, was 17 of 24 from the field — 6 of 8 from 3-point — and also was 6 of 10 at the line. He added seven rebounds.
“I was unsure of the record at first and wasn't thinking about it while I was playing," IbnIdris said. "It was just a good night for me, I was able to take what the defense gave me, shots were falling and my teammates found me in good positions to score. I am really honored to be in the record books in a program like Bethany's."
IbnIdris played 33 minutes. The Swedes as a team were white-hot, making 40 of 79 shots and 12 of 27 from 3-point. They were up 53-33 at the half as the Threshers remained winless on the season.
Jamelle Hays and Jordan Bieberle added 14 and 13 points, respectively. Bethany outrebounded the Threshers, 51-19.
“The one thing that most stands out about this game is our rebounding effort,” Bethany coach Clair Oleen said. “51-19 total and 25-3 on the offensive glass. We were able to spread the minutes out very well, which was good for this team. We were disappointed in our field goal percentage defense. These kind of games make it hard for everyone to keep the energy from the players to the coaches to the fans. We will re-energize beginning in practice tomorrow."
The Swedes, now 15-5 overall, have no bargain Saturday when they play at Sterling.
• Bethel women 71, Bethany 64 — After notching their first KCAC win on Saturday against McPherson College, the Swedes were going for their first conference winning streak.
Bethel denied the Swedes, as Taylor Durant was simply too much, scoring 22 of her 24 points in the second half.
Bethany finished first-round KCAC play 1-8 and is 3-18 overall. Alex Brammer and Kendra Austin scored 17 and 16 points, respectively, for the Swedes, who play Saturday at Sterling.