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The Kansan - Newton, KS
  •  Thresher men fall to USM

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  • For the third straight game, the Bethel College men’s basketball team let a game get away after a strong first half, falling to the University of Saint Mary 82-76 Thursday in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference opener for both teams at Thresher gym. Bethel, 1-9 overall, drops its sixth straight game. Saint Mary improves to 5-5. “Out of all three games, this was our best effort,” Bethel coach Alonzo Jamison said. “The effort was there. We just have to play better basketball. That’s a tough one to lose at home. In the second half, we played 10 minutes really hard, then we went stagnant for about seven or eight minutes. You can’t do that if you want to be a championship team. Saint Mary shot the ball well from the three tonight. Then we had a couple of lulls on defense. One or two lulls is all it takes.” Kevin Harvey led Saint Mary with 26 points, hitting six of 12 from 3-point range. Jordan Wilcox scored 13 points. Marc McGiry scored 10 points. Former Bethel player Chip Schneider scored 10 points with 13 rebounds. Bethel was led by Lee Griffin and Ronnie Hodge with 18 points each. Adam Arciniega scored 14 points. Bethel was outrebounded 50-41. Bethel was outscored from the free throw line 21-12. The Spires led for most of the first 10 minutes of the game, but never more than four points. Bethel led the rest of the half, but never more than six points. A Spire layup at the buzzer cut Bethel’s halftime lead to three, 40-37. Bethel hit 15 of 37 from the field in the first half. Saint Mary was 14 of 41. Bethel was outrebounded 29-22. Griffin opened the second half with a 7-0 Thresher run. The Spires then started hitting from the outside, drawing as close as one on a Harvey trey with 13:50 remaining in regulation. Shiron Williams tied the game on a layup off a steal with 11:12 remaining in regulation. After nearly three minutes of no scoring, Bethel took the lead on an Arciniega layup and an Alex Eicher tip in. A Hodge trey, followed by an Arciniega jumper after a steal put Bethel up by nine with 6:31 in regulation. Again the Spires fought back to draw within one. A Harvey layup with 3:39 left in regulation put Saint Mary ahead 68-67. Bethel took a time out, but turned the ball over, setting up a pair of Harvey free throws. Down by four with 1:46 remaining, Hodge hit two of three free throws for Bethel. Harvey answered with two free throws with 1:17 in regulation. Bethel then turned the ball over, setting up one of two JEB Greenberg free throws. Howard got Bethel within three on a layup with 48.1 seconds to play. Chip Schneider then hit three of four free throws to put the Spires up by six. During that span, a Bethel basket was called off on a charging call. Greenburg put the game away on one of two free throws with 22.6 seconds to play. Bethel plays at 7 p.m. Saturday at Bethany, which opened conference play with a 74-67 win over pre-season conference favorite McPherson. “We’ll have them ready,” Jamison said. “We’re vastly improved over last year. We won’t sneak up on anyone this year. It’s up to us as a coaching staff to have them ready. We need to go out there and play Thresher basketball.”SAINT MARY (5-5, 1-0 KCAC) — Schneider 1-10 8-10 10, McGory 5-12 0-1 10, Wilcox 5-14 0-1 13, Williams 4-6 0-0 8, Greenberg 1-5 3-6 5, Heydman 1-4 6-8 8, Dowdy 1-3 0-0 2, Long 0-1 0-0 0, Harvey 8-16 4-4 26, Hall 0-0 0-0 0, Roaf 0-0 0-0 0, Hicks 0-0 0-0 0, TOTALS 26-71 21-30 82 BETHEL (1-8, 0-1 KCAC) — Arciniega 5-12 4-6 14, Eicher 1-4 0-0 2, Griffin 7-12 2-7 18, Howard 2-7 1-1 5, Hodge 5-8 4-5 18, Haywood 3-8 0-0 7, Watson III 0-1 0-0 0, Green 2-4 1-1 5, Yunker 0-0 0-0 0, Cape 0-1 0-0 0, Wilson 0-0 0-0 0, Benton 0-1 0-0 0, Moore 3-7 0-0 7, TOTALS 28-66 12-20 76. St.Mary 37 45 —82 Bethel 40 36 —76 Total fouls — SM 19, BC 28. Technical fouls — none. Intentional foul — SM: Greenberg. Fouled out — BC: Eicher, Green, Arciniega. 3-point shooting — SM 9-23 (Schneider 0-2, Wilcox 3-7, Hedyman 0-2, Harvey 6-12), BC 8-17 (Arciniega 0-1, Griffin 2-3, Howard 0-1, Hodge 4-6, Haywood 1-4, Watson III 0-1, Moore 1-1). Rebounds — SM 50 (Schneider 13), BC 41 (Arciniega 7). Assists — SM 11 (Wilcox 6), BC 15 (three with 4). Turnovers — SM 15 (Schneider 3, Dowdy 3), BC 20 (three with 3). Blocked shots — SM 2 (Heydman 1, Dowdy 1), BC 6 (Benton 2). Steals — SM 13 (Wilcox 4), BC 7 (Haywood 2).   

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