Bethany College’s men’s basketball team went into Bartlesville, Okla., Saturday and stunned longtime MCAC power Oklahoma Wesleyan.
The Swedes not only stunned the Eagles, they blew them out, 95-73, in a result that had to send shockwaves throughout the KCAC.
“We forced a lot of turnovers tonight and really crashed the boards,” BC coach Clair Oleen said. “We didn't take care of the ball like we would have like to. It was a good trip for us, but we still have a lot of work to do to get where we want to get to.”
Jonathan Gidson led the Swedes with 24 points and Nathan Coleman added 21, along with nine rebounds. Gary Jones and Devin Smith also were in double figures with 18 and 10 points, respectively.
The Swedes, now 2-1, host Johnson and Wales at 7 p.m. Friday. The Wildcats were blown out Saturday night by McPherson College in Denver.
• College of St. Mary women 91, Bethany 61 — College of St. Mary showed why it’s the No. 8-ranked team in the country.
Adriane Davis scored 21 points for the Swedes, who gave up the game’s first 11 points and never recovered. Alex Brammer added 13. Davis was one of only two Swede starters to score as the bench did a lot of the heavy lifting.
“Although we played to double-overtime the night before, I still expected our players to be energized for a game against the No. 8 team in the nation,” BC coach Brett Morehouse said. “Unfortunately, we once again failed to communicate effectively and follow some of our basic defensive game plans. Our players are too smart and too talented to be making the same mistakes over and over. CSM is a good team, but we gave them too many easy baskets early in the game and as a result, they continued to gain confidence and built a lead that was insurmountable.”
The Swedes are now 0-5 and play Tuesday at Avila in Kansas City, Mo.