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

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  • The Bethel College men’s basketball team struggled to shoot, rebound and get back in defense on transition. The combination proved to be a bad one, falling to Ottawa University 87-61 Saturday in KCAC play at Thresher Gym. Bethel was just 21 of 62 from the field, four of 22 from 3-point range. Ottawa was 31 of 64 shooting, 10 of 20 from beyond the arc. Bethel was outrebounded 52-31. Many of Ottawa’s long defensive rebounds turned into fast-break points. “That’s how they got the lead,” Bethel coach Alonzo Jamison said. “That, and we shot too many threes in the first half. Long shots, a third of our shots came from 3-point range. That’s not good, especially when you’re only shooting 15 or 16 percent. Our strength is going to the basket.” Ottawa, 7-9 overall and 4-2 in conference play, was led by Corey Smith, Kameron Lindsay and Chase Dippel with 17 points each. Smith had 13 rebounds. Julian Rose came off the bench to score 10 points. Lee Griffin led Bethel with 18 points. Ronnie Hodge added 17. Bethel brought up JV freshman guard Rodney Hill, who scored six points in limited play. “Derrick Green got hurt and will be out the next three to four games,” Jamison said. “He’s our backup point guard. Rodney will help us out in that spot. We saw some good things out of him, a lot of positives. I like the way our young guys come to play.” Up 15-11 early, Bethel gave up a 34-8 run to end the half trailing 45-23. Bethel was just nine of 31 shooting while Ottawa was 18 of 35. Bethel went a span of 6:06 without scoring. Bethel went on a 6-0 run to start the second half. Ottawa put things away with a 10-0 run. Bethel traded points the rest of the way. “We played better in the second half,” Jamison said. “We don’t quit. We just need to put together 40 minutes. The first five to seven minutes, we were in the game. Then we started shooting the threes and shot ourselves out of it.” Bethel falls to 2-15, 0-6 in conference play. Bethel plays at Sterling at 8 p.m. Thursday. The Warriors are a game out of first in the conference. “They’re up there,” Jamison said. “They usually have a pretty good team. They’re going to be another good test for us. We’ve got 15 new guys, and this is a learning experience for all of us.”OTTAWA (7-9, 4-2 KCAC) — Feighny 1-1 0-0 2, Smith 5-15 6-6 17, Lindsay 7-10 2-4 17, Hasty 3-8 2-2 10, Dippel 6-9 0-0 17, Brown 0-3 0-2 0, Newton 0-0 0-0 0, Lyons 2-5 1-3 6, Falk 0-2 2-3 2, Rose 4-6 2-3 10, Wilbers 0-1 0-0 0, Baumchen 1-1 0-0 2, Nichols 0-0 0-0 0, Regier 1-2 0-0 2, Lundry 1-1 0-0 2, TOTALS 31-64 15-23 87. BETHEL (2-15, 0-6 KCAC) — Moorte 1-3 0-0 3, Arciniega 1-5 1-2 3, Griffin 5-11 8-10 18, Howard 2-9 0-0 4, Hodge 7-15 0-1 17, Haywood 0-2 2-2 2, Hill 2-4 2-4 6, Watson III 0-3 0-0 0, Yunker 0-3 2-3 2, Cape 1-2 0-0 2, Wilson 1-2 0-0 2, Benton 1-2 0-0 2, Eicher 0-1 0-0 2, TOTALS 21-62 15-22 61. Ottawa 45 42 —87 Bethel 23 38 —61 Total fouls — OU 18, BC 20. Technical fouls — none. Fouled out — none. 3-point shooting — OU 10-20 (Smith 1-2, Lindsay 1-1, Hasty 2-6, Dippel 5-7, Brown 0-2, Lyons 1-2), BC 4-22 (Moore 1-1, Arciniega 0-2, Griffin 0-2, Howard 0-3, Hodge 3-7, Haywood 0-2, Hill 0-1, Watson III 0-2, Yunker 0-2). Rebounds — OU 52 (Smith 13), BC 31 (Arciniega 6). Assists — OU 17 (Smith 5), BC 8 (Haywood 3). Turnovers — OU 12 (Smith 3), BC 11 (Howard 3). Blocked shots — OU 2 (Wilbers 1, Regier 1), BC 5 (Benton 3). Steals — OU 5 (Hasty 2), BC 8 (Hodge 3).   
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