KCAC honors two Swede cagers

By Steve Sell
November 25, 2014

LINDSBORG — After a huge week for Bethany College’s men’s basketball team that included a pair of victories over national powerhouse teams, predictably the Swedes dominated the KCAC’s weekly honors.

 Bethany's Gary Jones was named KCAC Offensive Player of the Week on Monday and teammate Nathan Coleman was named KCAC Defensive Player of the Week.

"Both Gary (Jones) and Nate (Coleman) had double-doubles in both games this past week," said Bethany coach Clair Oleen, who earned his 500th career victory on Saturday. "Gary had a very efficient week in terms of finishing scoring. Nate has been huge on the defensive boards for us last week and all season. He can absolutely guard anyone."

Jones scored a game-high 36 points and added 10 rebounds against Mid-American Christian. He also had two blocks and two steals. In the Swedes' 97-86 victory over NAIA Division 1  No. 6 St. Gregory's University, Jones put up 21 points and 10 rebounds as well as two assists and one block.

On the week, Jones shot 68.4 percent from field goal range, and averaged 28.5 points per game and 10 rebounds per game.

So far this season, Jones is averaging 20.5 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.67 assists and 1.33 steals. He is shooting 66.7 percent from field goal range and 70.4 percent from the free throw line.

Coleman also played a vital role in the two big Bethany wins. Against Mid-America Christian, he pulled down 14 rebounds, 12 of which were defensive. He also added 18 points to earn a double-double and dealt out seven assists. In the Swedes' win over St. Gregory’s, Coleman ripped down 13 rebounds, 11 of which were defensive, as well as one block and one steal. He added 15 points for his second double-double and chipped in five assists.

On the week, Coleman averaged 13.5 rebounds per game, 11.5 rebounds, six assists and 16.5 points.

For the year, he is averaging 13.5 points per game, 8.8 rebounds, 3.33 assists, 1.17 steals and 1.17 blocks. Coleman is shooting 56.5% from the field and 42.9% from beyond the arc.