A poor performance from behind the three-point line proved the difference maker Thursday night, as the Bethany men fell 67-53 to Friends University in KCAC play.
The Swedes only managed a single three-point bucket in the first half and shot 10-for-27 from the field, as the Falcons jumped out to a 32-21 lead at the break.
Neither team was exactly on fire in the first half, with Friends making 45.3 percent of their field goals and 33.3 percent from distance. Neither team made a foul shot in the first half.
Bethany’s three-point woes continued in the second half, as they were 3-of-17 from behind the arc and 12-of-37 from the field. The Falcons shot 13-of-25 on field goals and were 6-of-12 on three-pointers for the half.
Friends (8-9, 5-2 KCAC) was 48.2 percent from the field for the game, while Bethany was only 34.4 percent.
The Swedes (6-9, 2-4 KCAC) did win the turnover battle, however, as they forced the Falcons to cough the ball up 14 times, while only giving it up nine times, themselves.
Bethany took advantage of the turnovers for 12 points, while the Falcons could only manage nine points off of turnovers.
Both teams’ defenses had strong showings, though, as Friends had 37 defensive stops to Bethany’s 35.
Defensive rebounding was practically even, Friends snagged 28 defensive boards to Bethany’s 21.
The Swedes were a little better at crashing the offensive boards, winning that battle 12-9.
Neither team had an impressive showing at the foul line, as Bethany went 5-of-7 and Friends was 3-of-7 from the charity line.
Anthony White led the Falcons with 20 points on 10-for-15 shooting, while Zach Nelson added 16 points and Jacob Simmonds had 10. Abad Dwight was the lone Swede in double digits with 16 points.
Bethany is next in action Saturday, as they have a short trip to Salina to face Kansas Wesleyan, who was defeated by McPherson 73-66.
Bethany — Abad 7-14 0-0 16; Beachum 4-16 1-2 9; Purtle 2-7 0-0 4; Childress 2-7 2-3 6; Marrero 3-7 0-0 8; Dodson 1-2 0-0 2; Mihalcin 3-7 2-2 8.
Friends — Nelson 5-13 1-2 16; Simmonds 3-5 2-2 10; Bland 2-4 0-1 4; Johnson 3-7 0-0 8; White 10-15 0-0 20; Anderson 1-2 0-2 2; Rausch 3-8 0-0 7.