MIDLAND, NEB.—The Swedes men's basketball team kicked off their season with an 80-78 win at Midland University on Saturday, Oct.19.

Bethany was able to take an early lead over the Warriors. However, late in the first half, Midland was able to make a comeback and go on a significant run that would give them a 48-38 advantage heading into halftime. The Swedes were able to make quick work for cutting that advantage in the first five minutes of the second half, however. The teams then stayed pretty even, trading points until the very end when the Swedes were able to make a buzzer beater layup to take the game 80-78.

 The Swedes offense was led by Lavaris Duncan, junior forward, with 16 points and five boards. Three other Swedes earned double-digit points; Isiah Saenz, junior guard, Shammond Ivory, sophomore guard and Ray Miller, junior guard, had 13, 12, and 10 points, respectively. Saenz had a double-double with 10 assists on the game.

As a whole, the Swedes shot 34.3 percent for all fields goals and pulled eight points off of turnovers and 20 second chance points. Bethany pulled down 49 boards compared to 31 rebounds by the Warriors.

Up Next . . .

The Swedes return home on Saturday, Oct.25 to face the Indians of Haskell Indian Nations University at 7 p.m. inside Hahn Gymnasium.