The Bethel College men’s basketball team got off to perhaps its worst start of the year, falling to Sterling College 68-45 Saturday at Thresher Gym in Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference play.


The Bethel College men’s basketball team got off to perhaps its worst start of the year, falling to Sterling College 68-45 Saturday at Thresher Gym in Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference play.

The Threshers hit just two of 23 from the field in the first half, trailing 34-11. Bethel finished the game 15 of 56 for 26.8 percent.

Sterling was 27 of 50 shooting, seven of 15 from 3-point range and seven of eight from the free throw line.

Bethel was outrebounded 36-24.

Jonathan Woods led Sterling with 17 points and 15 rebounds. Randy July scored 11 points.

Sterling improves to 14-6, 8-2 in KCAC play. The Warriors retain sole possession of first place in the conference.

John Watson scored 12 points for Bethel.

The Threshers fall to 3-16, 1-9 in KCAC play. Bethel plays at 8 p.m. Thursday at Ottawa.

STERLING (14-6, 8-2 KCAC) — Brazelton 3-4 0-0 6, Stephenson 2-5 0-0 5, Goodrich 2-5 0-0 5, Friess 3-8 2-2 9, Woods 7-11 3-4 17, T.Stutzman 2-4 2-2 7, Finister 2-3 0-0 4, Ferro 0-0 0-0 0, July 4-7 0-0 11, Kee 2-3 0-0 4, TOTALS 27-50 7-8 68.

BETHEL (3-16, 1-9 KCAC) — Regier 1-5 3-4 5, Regehr 0-5 0-0 0, Goering 1-1 1-2 3, Rambo 3-7 0-0 6, Gingerich 2-4 0-0 5, Cole 0-2 2-2 2, Doll 1-4 2-3 5, Boyd 1-2 0-0 3, B.Stutzman 0-2 0-0 0, Grove 0-4 0-0 0, Sullivan 0-0 0-0 0, Watson 4-8 1-1 12, Ronnebaum 0-1 0-0 0, Primce 1-3 0-0 2, Acosta 1-8 0-0 2, TOTALS 15-56 9-12 45.

Sterling 34 34 —68

Bethel 11 34 —45

Total fouls — SC 13, BC 9. 3-point shooting — SC 7-15 (Stephenson 1-3, Goodrich 1-2, Friess 1-3, T.Stutzman 1-2, July 3-5), BC 6-19 (Regehr 0-3, Rambo 0-2, Gingerich 1-1, Doll 1-3, Boyd 1-2, B.Stutzman 0-1, Grove 0-2, Watson 3-5). Rebounds — SC 36 (Woods 15), BC 24 (Regier 6). Assists — SC 6 (three with 2), BC 8 (Regier 2, B.Stutzman 2). Turnovers — SC 19 (Woods 5), BC 15 (Goering 3, Rambo 3). Blocked shots — SC 3 (Woods 2), BC 1 (Cole 1). Steals — SC 8 (Goodrich 3), BC 8 (eight with 1).