STERLING — The Sterling College Warriors threw the KCAC men’s basketball race into one big hullabaloo Saturday night.
The Warriors created a logjam at the top of the standings when they outscored Bethany 20-15 in overtime for a 100-95 victory.
The two teams, along with Friends, are now tied for first place with 8-2 conference records, with defending champion Saint Mary just a game back at 7-3. Tabor would have been tied with Saint Mary, but it was stunned by ninth-place Kansas Wesleyan by 20 points.
The Swedes led 40-37 at the half, but Sterling used a 15-3 run to go up as many as nine. Bethany, however, stormed right back and regulation did not determine an outcome. Sterling then ruled the extra session for the much-needed victory.
The Swedes lost despite having a pair of 20-point-plus scorers in Ibin IbnIdris (29) and Vincent Roybal (22). Kirby Hawkins came off the bench for 15 points and Jordan Bieberle added 13. Bethany was 21 of 25 from the line and shot 52 percent from the field, only to lose.
Darius Alexander and Braden Thompson led Sterling with 26 and 23 points, respectively. Eddie Adesodun nearly gave Sterling three 20-point scorers as he tallied 19. Jamal Green came off the bench for 13.
The Swedes, 15-6 overall, go to Tabor on Wednesday.
• STERLING WOMEN 80, BETHANY 61 — Ashley Carey scored 18 points and Kendra Austin added 13 for the Swedes, but they were down 13 at the half and never made a serious run.
Bethany dropped to 1-9 in the KCAC and 3-19 overall. The Swedes were 18 of 49 from the field and turned it over 16 times.
Hailey Davis poured in 35 points for Sterling, making 10 of 11 field goals — 5 of 6 treys — and added 10 of 12 at the foul line. Little River grad Kristin Waters added 11 points and Smoky Valley grad Lori Dauer chipped in with 10.
The Swedes are at Tabor on Wednesday.