NORTH NEWTON—The men's basketball team got back on track tonight with a solid 95-84 road win over Bethel College.
The Swedes struck first in this contest getting a steal and converting on the fast break. However, the Threshers then went on 17-4 run over the next five minutes taking a double-digit lead over the Swedes. Bethany then began the laborious task of working that lead back down. However, within two minutes the Swedes were back within four of Bethel. Bethany did not stop there though, the Swedes worked all the way to take the lead with seven minutes left in the half. The teams went to trading points down the floor and the lead before the Threshers pushed to take the lead for the final time in the half. They tied to run away with it but the Swedes would not let them going into the break trailing by just four points.
To start the second half, the Swedes worked in the first minute and a half to tie the game up for the second time. After one more tie, Bethel grabbed the lead and pushed nine points for a seven-point advantage. However, the Swedes once again worked the Thresher lead back down to tie the game up for the fourth time with nine and half minutes left to play. From there, Bethany's offense took off taking the lead for the final time. Over the next six minutes, the Swedes would push their lead to the double digits outscoring the Threshers 21-6 during that time. Bethany kept their foot on the gas through the remainder of the contest to finish the game leading Bethel by 11.
The Details . . .
Five Swedes were in double-digits tonight, led by Tyler Larkin, senior guard, with 26 points. Lavaris Duncan, sophomore center, was also in high numbers with 21 points, followed by Isiah Saenz, sophomore guard, with 16, Mitchell Brown, senior guard, with 11, and Jovan Elezovic, junior forward, with 10 points off of the bench.
Duncan recorded a double-double with 15 rebounds as the Swedes pulled down 35 boards compared to Bethany's 31 rebounds.
The Swedes shot 53.7 percent from the floor, 31.8 percent from long range, and 84.2 percent from the charity stripe.
Up Next . . .
The Swedes look to continue pushing as they hit the road to Hillsboro, Kan. on Saturday, Dec. 8. There, Bethany will face the Tabor College Bluejays at 7 p.m.