LINDSBORG — Despite the Bethany College men’s basketball team setting a school record for made 3-pointers with 18, the Swedes was unable to get a win over Oklahoma Wesleyan Thursday night in Lindsborg.
The visiting Eagles could not miss in their 113-104 victory over Bethany. The Swedes now fall to 11-14 overall and 8-9 in KCAC play.
In the first half, the Eagles scored first going on a small run to pull ahead by five points. However, Bethany was able to grab a steal as Keil Kelly dished the ball into Jalen Thompson's hands who sunk a shot from down town bringing the Swedes right back into the game.
Oklahoma Wesleyan was then able to find 3-point power and pulled ahead of the Swedes.
Cody Harris came up big for Bethany and put in two consecutive 3-point shots closing the gap to one.
Oklahoma Wesleyan's Breiman Alexander stayed hot as he hit another shot from down town that extended the Eagles lead again.
Joey Habtermariam put up a huge 3-pointer for the Swedes closing the Eagles lead to seven. Yet, Oklahoma Wesleyan found a fire that lifted them comfortably over the Swedes as the first half ended.
The second half started as a defensive battle with both teams making huge stops. Bethany was able to string a couple shots together that put pressure on Oklahoma Wesleyan.
The Swedes worked to close the gap as they strung two 3-point shots back-to-back from Habtermariam and Khalid Washington.
Unfortunately, Alaxander was unstoppable as he put in a few more shots from the arch that kept the Eagles ahead.
With less than 12 minutes left, Washington struck again for the Swedes sinking a 3-pointer. The intensity was high as both teams went point for point, with the clock winding down.
Habtermariam hit another shot for three with 6:55 left on the clock. Patrovick Everett hit a shot in the paint off a Bethany turnover that drove the score into triple digits for the Eagles.
Harris responded quickly sinking a huge shot from the arch for the Swedes. Then, with 5:31 left on the clock, Harris sunk another one from downtown that left Bethany trailing by just 10 points.
Oklahoma Wesleyan felt the pressure as Bethany chipped away cutting their lead to just four points with less than three minutes left.
Both teams continued to play aggressive as they both went to the line with one minute left to play. In the end, the Swedes ran out of minutes to catch the elusive Eagles.
As a team, the Swedes shot 41.9 percent from behind the arc making a school record of 18 threes in a game. Harris and Habtermariam led the charge with five 3-pointers apiece. Washington had three threes and put up 29 total points. Harris had 26 total points and Habtermariam put up 17.
The Swedes travel to North Newton to face the Bethel College Threshers on Saturday at 7 p.m. after the women's contest.
The Swedes dropped the first contest back on Jan. 23, 94-78, against Bethel. The Threshers are 11-14 and 5-12 in the KCAC.