LINDSBORG—The Bethany men's basketball team clawed out a thrilling 77-69 victory over the visiting Braves of Ottawa University tonight.
Ottawa kicked things off in the first half with back to back baskets, taking a five-point lead. After some back and forth, the Swedes were able to tie things back up at 7-7 five minutes into the game. From here, the Swedes would keep a small lead for the next 10 minutes of play with the Braves getting things tied up for just a moment at one point during that time. Ottawa took a bit of control in the final minutes of the half, taking their first lead of the game for a while and not giving it up. However, while the Braves continued to push their offense in order to pull away from the Swedes, Bethany was not having that. The Swedes continued to battle and keep the Braves within range throughout the remainder of the half. As the final buzzer of the first half went off, the Swedes trailed 31-37.
With a five-point run over the first minute and a half of the second half, the Swedes were able to cut the Brave lead down to one. After trading buckets for a bit, Bethany was able to tie the score up for the eighth and final time of the game with just under eight minutes left to play. From there, the Swedes were able to slowly pull away finally solidifying their win with less than a minute to go.
The Details . . .
Bethany spread the love tonight as four Swedes were in the double-digits. Tyler Larkin, senior guard, led things with 21 points, and five assists. He was followed by Jovan Elezovic, junior forward, with 14, Isiah Saenz, sophomore guard, with 12 points, and Lavarius Duncan, sophomore forward, with 10 points.
Duncan led the team with 10 boards, grabbing another double-double on the year. He was closely followed by Larkin who pulled down nine rebounds. As a team, the Swedes snagged away 11 steals, this was led by Saenz with three.
The Swedes pulled down 50 rebounds compared to Ottawa's 44 and shot 36.4 percent from the field.
Up Next . . .
Bethany will hit the road for their next contest traveling to Avila University on Thursday, Nov. 29. This conference contest is set to tip off at 8 p.m., following the women's game.