WICHTA—The Swedes men's basketball team fell in a 94-92 heart breaker on Thursday at No. 22 Friends University.
After the teams traded baskets and the lead, Bethany went on a 9-2 run to take an eight-point lead, their largest in the contest with just six minutes left in the half. However, the Falcons were able to go on a run of their own to take a one-point lead with just under two and a half minutes to play. From there, the teams once again traded baskets, they tied for the sixth time in the contest late in the half and went into the break locked at 43 each.
Isiah Saenz, sophomore guard, kicked things off in the second half netting a three pointer for a Swede lead. However, Friends quickly grabbed the lead and pushed it to as high as nine points during this run. The Swedes then rebounded and got the Falcons back within range. The battle continued for the remainder of the contest, however the Falcons owned the advantage through most of that time. They continued to attempt to pull away from the Swedes but Bethany kept reigning them back in. No matter how hard the Swedes pushed, they were not able to get over the hump and once again take the lead falling in the contest as their buzzer shot attempt was unsuccessful.
The Details . . .
Lavaris Duncan, sophomore center, led the team with his 14th double-double of the season with 34 points, just one under his career best, and a team high of 10 boards. Tyler Larkin, senior guard, had 11 points and four assists, and Saenz rounded things out with a double-double of 15 points and 10 assists.
As a team, the Swedes pulled down 35 rebounds compared to Friends' 38. Bethany shot 51.4 percent from the field and 45.8 percent from long range.
Up Next . . .
The Swedes return home on Saturday, Feb. 9 hosting the Warriors of Sterling College. Tipoff for this KCAC contest is set for 7 p.m.