BARTLESVILLE, OK—The Swedes men's basketball could not pull off an upset on the road facing no. 2 Oklahoma Wesleyan on Thursday night. Bethany fell to the Eagles 73-76.
Things started off strong for the Swedes in the first half as they were able to jump out to a four point lead before the No. 2 Eagles brought it back within one. Bethany again took their lead to four points but after a long drought of not finding the net from the field, OKWU had a 19-point advantage over the Swedes. Kristijan Joksimovic, junior guard, tried to get the Swedes' offense back on track with a drive into the paint for two points but another four minutes without a field goal gave the Eagles a chance to bring their lead to 24 points at the break.
Bethany worked like crazy in the second half to bring the Eagles back within range, cutting OKWU's lead down to 11 points. But with just five minutes left to play, the Eagles were able to make a clutch 7-0 run to put Bethany's dreams to rest. The Swedes were not able to bring OKWU back down within range with the short amount of time they had left in the game.
The Details. . .
Lavaris Duncan, sophomore center, and Tyler Larkin, senior guard, once again led things for the Swedes with 21 and 10 points, respectively. Duncan crashed the boards to lead the team with eight rebounds while Larkin and Isiah Saenz, sophomore guard, aided the Bethany offense with three assists each.
As a team, the Swedes pulled down 31 rebounds while OKWU had 42. Bethany shot 37.3 percent from the field after a second half shooting percentage of 51.2 percent.
Up Next . . .
The Bethany men return home for the final game of the week, hosting the Threshers of Bethel College on Saturday, Jan. 26. Tip off for this KCAC event is set for 8 p.m.