LAWRENCE — The Bethany College men's basketball came back from the holiday break strong, picking up a 100-93 overtime win over Haskell Indian Nations University Saturday night. Four Swedes earned double-digit points in the nonconference road matchup.
The Indians came out of the gate strong, taking a 13-point lead through seven minutes of play. Bethany then began to work the lead down to under 10.
However, Haskell rebounded strong with a small run of their own to extend their lead to as high as 20. The Swedes then went on a 14-7 run to cap off the first half with the help of back-to-back threes by Reed Stephens. This was just two of his five threes on the night.
Bethany continued to push in the second half keeping the Indian's lead manageable. Finally, the Swedes worked to get within 10 and stayed there with just under four minutes left to play.
From here, the Swedes utilized their time at the free throw line and worked on defense for key stops to continue to work down the Haskell lead and take their first lead of the game with 27 seconds left to play thanks to Isiah Saenz's lone three of the game.
An Indian free throw tied the game up for the first time with 13 seconds left to play. From here, the Swedes drove the ball down and took a two-point lead with a bucket in the paint from Tyler Larkin.
However, the Indians were able to drive down and get one last bucket and take the game into overtime.
The Swedes started overtime with another drive by Larkin, taking the lead and keeping it throughout the five minute. The teams traded buckets with Haskell coming as close as one-point with 2:26 remaining. However, the Swedes then netted a free throw and another Stephens' 3-pointer to build their lead back up to five points. Haskell would score just once more before Bethany put in four more free throws to take the game with a seven-point advantage.
Larkin led the Bethany offense with 32 points and three assists. Thomas Hood was also a big asset to the Swede attack dishing out six assists in addition to his 23 points. Stephens shot better than 50 percent from behind the arc netting five threes out of nine attempts. He ended the night with 19 points. Finally, Mitchell Brown capped it off with 10 points of his own.
Hood and Larkin owned the boards defensively for the Swedes with 15 and 14 respectively. Larkin also snagged six steals on the night, while Hood picked up three. Saenz worked on the defensive end, grabbing four steals of his own.
As a team, the Swedes shot 45 percent from the field and 57 percent from the line.
Bethany returns to conference play after the new year, making the trip to the University of Saint Mary on Jan. 3. Tip-off in Leavenworth is set for 8 p.m.