Swede men overpower hapless Bethel

By Steve Sell
February 23, 2014

NORTH NEWTON — Bethany College’s men took out their frustrations of four losses in their last five games by running roughshod over Bethel Saturday night, giving the Threshers a winless season.

Bethany, which three weeks ago had control of its own destiny only to let it slip away, plowed to a 54-27 halftime lead and crushed the hapless Threshers 102-64 to finish KCAC play 12-6. The Swedes are 19-10 overall and will host Ottawa at 7 p.m. Thursday in the first round of the KCAC Postseason Tournament.

The Swedes did whatever they wanted against Bethel, with Idris IbnIdris pouring in 28 points and Kirby Hawkins coming off the bench for 23. Jordan Bieberle gave the Swedes three players with 20-plus points, scoring 21, including five 3-pointers.

The Swedes played without injured starters Nathan Coleman (knee) and Vincent Roybal (concussion), but they have a reservoir of talent and that depth showed through.

Robbie Wright led Bethel with 15 points as the Threshers finished 0-27.

• BETHEL WOMEN 59, BETHANY 44 — The Swedes finished coach Brett Morehouse’s first year 3-15 in the KCAC and 5-25 overall as they shot just 29 percent from the field.

Kendra Austin scored 14 points for the Swedes, who were down 29-19 at the half and had no answer all night for April Harpe, who punished the Bethany defense with 25 points and 14 rebounds.

The Swedes did not qualify for the eight-team postseason tournament. Bethel, which finished in a tie for sixth with McPherson College and Sterling, plays Wednesday at Friends.