Swede men stay in first-place tie

By Steve Sell
January 30, 2014

HILLSBORO — Bethany College’s men cleared a dangerous hurdle in their bid for a KCAC championship Wednesday night when they survived the Tabor College Bluejays, 77-75.

Bethany trailed throughout the first half, which ended up with Tabor holding a 38-34 lead. But a Swede run early in the second half gave them a lead that they managed to hold on to the rest of the way.

Reigning NAIA National Player of the Week Idris IbnIdris scored 28 points to pace the Swedes, now 9-2 in the KCAC. Vincent Roybal continued his recent surge with 18 points and 13 rebounds. Kirby Hawkins came off the bench to add 14.

Andrew Thomas scored 17 points to lead Tabor and D’Marco Smith added 16.

The Swedes, who are still tied with Friends and Sterling for the KCAC’s top spot, host Ottawa on Saturday. The Swedes are 16-6 overall.

• TABOR WOMEN 74, BETHANY 43 — The Swedes were out-rebounded 48-17, which led to the easy Bluejay win.

Tabor doubled Bethany 36-18 at halftime.

Kendra Austin scored 13 points for Bethany, now 1-10 in the KCAC and 3-20 overall. Alex Brammer added 11. Janelle Rust paced Tabor with 19.