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The Kansan - Newton, KS
  •  Bethel men fall to Friends

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  • Not a whole lot went right for the Bethel College men’s basketball team in a 91-65 loss to Friends University Thursday in KCAC play at Thresher Gym. Bethel shot just 31 percent. The Threshers were outrebounded 52-38. The Threshers also struggled with turnovers in the second half, after committing just three in the first. “We haven’t had a good practice all week,” Bethel coach Alonzo Jamison said. “It starts with me. I’ll put it on my shoulders. We haven’t had a good practice since last week.” Friends put five players in double figures, including two double-doubles. Colton Rausch scored 18 points with 10 rebounds. Anthony White scored 11 points with 16 rebounds. Zach Nelson scored 16 points. Brandon Johnson scored 12 and Chris Sponsel scored 10. Peabody-Burns grad Jacob Simmonds scored seven points off the bench. The Falcons improve to 4-6, 2-1 in KCAC play. Bethel was led by Adam Arciniega with 20 points and Lee Griffin with 17. Friends hit three of three 3-pointers in the first four minutes of play en rotue to a 12-5 lead. A Griffin three-point play tied the game 14-14 with 13:56 remaining in the half. Bethel fell behind again. A Colton Rausch layup at the buzzer put Friends up by eight, 36-28. Bethel was just 12 of 39 from the field in the first half for 30 percent. Friends was 14 of 31. The Falcons outscored Bethel 12-0 from 3-point range. Bethel gave up an 8-1 run to open the second half. Bethel got within 10 on a Griffin slam and free throw with 15:31 to play, but Friends replied with a 20-1 run. “That was a spectacular play, and I thought it might give us some momentum, but it didn’t,” Jamison said. “Every game we’ve played in the last couple of weeks, we’ve played well in the first half, then in the first five minutes of the second half, we don’t play well at all. We dig ourselves a hole we can’t get out of at all.” Bethel falls to 1-11, 0-3 in KCAC play. Bethel hosts Tabor at 7 p.m. Saturday. Tabor is 3-9, but 2-1 in KCAC play after a 70-55 win over Bethany. It was the Bluejays second straight win. “It’s a big game. It’s a rivalry game,” Jamison said. “I hope we’re ready for it a little better than we were today. Everything is set for us to take. It’s a matter if we want it or not. We have better athletes than we’ve had the last couple of years. It’s on my shoulders to get everybody together.”FRIENDS (4-6, 2-1 KCAC) — Rauch 7-14 3-3 18, White 5-10 1-4 11, Nelson 6-9 1-2 16, Bland 4-9 1-4 9, B.Johnson 5-10 0-1 12, Britton 0-0 0-0 0, Hawkins 0-0 2-2 2, B.Wilson 0-2 0-0 0, Simmonds 3-4 1-2 7, Sponsel 4-6 2-2 10, Goudeau 1-2 0-0 2, J.Johnson 1-2 2-2 4, Smith 0-0 0-0 0, Anderson 0-0 0-0 0, Williams 0-1 0-0 0, TOTALS 36-70 13-24 91. BETHEL (1-11, 0-3 KCAC) — Arciniega 10-18 0-0 20, Eicher 0-2 2-3 2, Griffin 5-17 6-8 17, Howard 2-4 2-4 7, Hodge 2-8 0-0 4, Haywood 2-6 0-0 5, Watson III 1-6 0-0 2, Green 0-1 0-0 0, Yunker 1-2 0-0 2, Cape 2-3 0-0 4, Wilson 0-3 0-0 0, Benton 1-2 0-0 2, Moore 0-0 0-0 0, TOTALS 26-72 10-17 65. Friends 36 55 —91 Bethel 28 37 —65 Total fouls — Fr. 14, BC 17. Technical fouls — none. Fouled out — none. 3-point shooting — Fr. 6-21 (Rausch 1-6, Nelson 3-5, Bland 0-1, B.Johnson 2-5, Goudeau 0-2, J.Johnson 0-1, Wlliams 0-1), BC 3-22 (Arciniega 0-4, Griffin 1-5, Howard 1-2, Hodge 0-4, Haywood 1-3, Watson III 0-2, Green 0-1, Yunker 0-1). Rebounds — Fr. 52 (White 16), BC 38 (Arciniega 5). Assists — Fr. 12 (Bland 4), BC 10 (Howard 3). Turnovers — Fr. 12 (Rausch 2, Nelson 2), BC 11 (Cape 4). Blocked shots — Fr. 1 (Rausch 1), BC 0. Steals — Fr. 6 (Nelson 3), BC 8 (Arciniega 3).   
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