Swede men pick up important win

By Steve Sell
December 07, 2014

OTTAWA — It’s too early in the season to say that Bethany College’s men were facing a must-win situation, but the Swedes certainly didn’t want to start KCAC play two games behind the leaders after the first week.

The 24th-ranked Swedes, who were stunned on Thursday by McPherson College’s dramatic rally, scored an important win on Saturday, as they went into rabid Ottawa and emerged with an 88-80 triumph.

The running-and-gunning Swedes piled up 50 second-half points after the teams had been tied 38-all at the half.

Six Swedes scored in double figures, led by reserve Jonathan Gidson with 22. Others were Gary Jones (16), Larry McLin (15), Nathan Coleman (11), Cody Harris (11) and Devin Smith (11).

Adam Hasty led the physical Braves with 20 points.

Bethany, now 1-1 in the KCAC and 6-3 overall, is home against Bethel on Thursday.

Bethany (88) — Jones 16, McLin 15, Harris 11, Coleman 11, Gidson 22, Robinson 2, Smith 11.

Ottawa (80) — Nichols 8, Oakes 10, Lundry 13, Ad. Hasty 20, Norfleet 17, Falk 2, O’con 6, Newton 2, Hatchett 2.

• Ottawa women 73, Bethany 63 — Adriane Davis and Royce Shields scored 24 points apiece, but didn’t get a lot of help as the Swedes dropped to 0-2 in the KCAC, 1-9 overall.

Davis and Shields took nearly half of Bethany’s shots, as the next-leading scorer was Alex Brammer with nine points.

Ashley Romig and Madi Stewart led OU with 18 and 17 points, respectively. Mikayla Skidmore chipped in with 16 as the Braves’ Big 3 combined for 51 points.

Bethany, which trailed only 37-33 at the half, is home Thursday to take on Bethel.

Bethany (63) — Davis 24, Shields 24, Shetlar 2, Brammer 9, Stewart 2, O’Connor 2.

Ottawa (73) — Romig 18, Grammer 10, Skidmore 16, Thomas 4, Stewart 17, Hodsion 4, Boden 1, Beck 3.


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