Swede men knocked out of 1st place

By Steve Sell
February 06, 2015

WINFIELD — Venerable Stewart Field House can be charming with all its old-time features that conjure up memories of basketball venues from 70 years ago.

But there’s a sadistic side to the old barn — it’s tough on opposing teams.

The Bethany College men found that out Thursday night as they couldn’t throw it in the ocean in the first half in a 77-63 loss to Southwestern, knocking them out of first place in the KCAC.

The Swedes were down 46-30 at the half and despite outscoring the Moundbuilders by two in the second half, they couldn’t make a run in falling to 9-4 in the KCAC, 17-7 overall.

KCAC Player of the Year candidate Cameron Clark poured in 25 points for the Builders, who also received 16 points from Chris Waller and 10 from William Tisdale.

Jonathan Gidson came off the bench to lead the Swedes with 15 points, while Larry McLin scored 13 and Gary Jones added 12. High-scoring Cody Harris was held to nine as he was just 3 of 13 from the field.

Bethany, the top offensive team in the KCAC, was a frigid 23 of 62 from the field.

The Swedes are home Saturday to play arch-rival Kansas Wesleyan at Hahn Gym.

Bethany (63) — McLin 13, Jones 12, Harris 9, Coleman 6, Smith 4, Gidson 15, Huskey 4.

Southwestern (77) — Clark 25, Waller 16, Tisdale 10, Nespor 4, Lipsey 3, Riddle 7, Monroe 7, Stafford 5.

• SOUTHWESTERN WOMEN 73, BETHANY 40 — The Swedes were never in it, trailing 38-17 at the half and it only got worse in the second half.

Bethany was an unsightly 14 of 63 from the field, 2 of 19 from 3-point. The Swedes are now 1-12 in the KCAC, 2-23 overall. They are 0-11 on the road.

Joleen Chanco led Bethany with 10 points.

Jordan Hobbs was the only Moundbuilder in doubles with 15. Thirteen Southwestern players scored.

Bethany hosts KCAC co-leader Kansas Wesleyan on Saturday.

Bethany (40) — Davis 6, Chanco 10, Shields 3, Ahaneku 2, Jackson 7, Burnett 5, DeLong 3, Shetlar 2, Stewart 2.

Southwestern (73) — Jo. Hobbs 15, Rieger 9, Reichenberger 6, Rickey 5, Cramner 2, Bleumer 9, Je. Hobbs 6, Miller 6, Stuart 4, Taylor 4, Lovell 3, VenJohn 2, Myers 2.