LINDSBORG — The Ottawa University Braves learned Saturday night that you can’t beat the Bethany Swedes by getting into a track meet with them.
The Braves put up 99 points at Hahn Gym, but it wasn’t enough as Swedes turned the scoreboard over in a 107-99 win.
Bethany is now 10-2 in the KCAC and tied with Sterling for first place, as Friends dropped out of the three-way tie after losing to Saint Mary.
Bethany, 17-6 overall, placed a whopping six players in double figures, led by super sub Kirby Hawkins with 26 points, one more than Idris IbdIdris. Others in double figures were Jordan Bieberle (15), Alex Loul (14, hitting 7 of 8 floor shots in his best game of the year), Vincent Roybal (13) and Nathan Coleman (10). The Swedes made 41 of 77 shots, 7 of 18 from beyond the arc.
Julian Rose and Kameron Lindsay led OU with 24 and 22 points, respectively. The Braves stayed in the game at the foul line, making 27 of 36.
"This was a high-possession game that was an absolute shootout offensively,” Bethany coach Clair Oleen said. “We had great scoring balance on offense with six players in double figures. Defensively, we gave up a lot of points, fouled too much and we were very deficient. Give credit to Ottawa because they were very good offensively tonight. I am sure George Stephens was smiling down from heaven watching the teams of two of his former players and assistant coaches (Oleen and OU’s Andy Carrier) play in a shootout. George loved these high-scoring games and would have said. ‘it was a great ballgame.’”
The Swedes go to Southwestern on Thursday before coming home for three straight.
• OTTAWA WOMEN 95, BETHANY 68 — It’s starting to appear unlikely that Bethany is going to make the KCAC playoffs, as the top eight teams advance.
Bethany fell to 1-11 in the KCAC and 3-21 overall as Ottawa was simply smoking.
The Braves were 30 of 56 from the field and a huge 30 of 40 at the foul line. Ashley Romig and Amber Ramsey led OU with 27 and 16 points, respectively.
Ashley Carey was terrific off the bench for Bethany with 20 points and Alex Brammer chipped in with 16.
Bethany plays at first-place Southwestern on Thursday.