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The Kansan - Newton, KS
  • Bethel men play strong second half

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  • One good half, one not so good half. It’s been the story of the season for the Bethel College men’s basketball team. The Threshers struggled in the first half Thursday at Thresher Gym against Southwestern, but came out with guns blazing in the second in an 88-74 BC loss. Bethel shot 36 percent in the first half and 52 percent in the second. The Threshers trailed by as many as 29 in the first half, but got as close as 12 in the second. “The tale of two halves,” Bethel coach Alonzo Jamison said. “We won the second half 49 to 36. If we could just play 40 minutes of basketball, our win-loss record would be a lot different. I told the guys in the locker room, the guys who are coming back next year are playing for playing time. Our seniors are playing their last games. You have to go after it. You can’t expect teams to just roll over for you.” Bethel was out rebounded 47-28. “We’re not very big, but we have to be able to rebound a lot better,” Jamison said. Southwestern improves to 16-12, 7-10 in KCAC play. The Moundbuilders are tied for fifth in the standings. Tyler Johnson led the Moundbuilders with 19 points, followed by William Tisdale with 17, Cameron Clark with 16 and Alex Tyler with 10. Bethel was led by Lee Griffin with 24, Adam Arciniega with 12 and Ronnie Hodge with 11, Bethel honored Hodge, Aaron Benton, John Watson III and Nathan Yunker before the game as the Threshers four seniors in their final home game. Southwestern hit from outside early, taking a 23-10 lead. Bethel took a time out, but never recovered, trailing 52-25 at the half. Bethel was nine of 25 shooting in the first half. Southwestern was 20 of 42. Bethel was outrebounded 25-15. Bethel had 10 turnovers to five for the Moundbuilders. Bethel opened the second half with a 16-3 run, hitting six of nine from the field. Southwestern was one of six from the free throw line in the span. Southwestern took a time out and, aided by fouls, got back out by as many as 22. Bethel made another run, getting within 12 on a Yunker trey with 3:18 to play. Despite several chances, Bethel got no closer. Bethel falls to 3-24, 2-15 in KCAC play. Bethel plays at 7 p.m. Saturday at McPherson, which is fighting for the eighth and final seed in the KCAC playoffs. McPherson can advance with a win or a Kansas Wesleyan loss. “It should be a fun game,” Jamison said. “We beat them here at our place. They are going to be looking to keep that eighth and final seed. We’re going to have to put it together for 40 minutes. ... We have our last practice tomorrow. We’ll try to come up with some fun things and try to get ready for McPherson.”
    Page 2 of 2 - SOUTHWESTERN (16-12, 7-10 KCAC) — Morales 3-7 0-0 8, Johnson 4-10 8-10 19, Tyler 3-4 3-4 10, Shirley 1-3 2-6 5, Tisdale 7-12 3-6 17, Giddings 0-3 0-0 0, Thaw 0-0 0-0 0, Vasquez 2-3 4-6 8, Lipsey 1-4 0-0 3, Clark 6-13 3-4 16, Folston 1-2 0-1 2, TOTALS 28-61 23-37 88. BETHEL (3-24, 2-15 KCAC) — Watson III 0-5 3-4 3, Benton 1-2 0-0 2, Griffin 7-12 6-11 24, Yunker 3-5 0-0 8, Hodge 4-10 0-0 11, Kolbeck 1-4 0-0 2, Hill 0-0 0-0 0, Arciniega 5-8 2-4 12, Cape 1-3 6-6 8, Moore 0-1 1-2 1, Kingsley 1-1 0-0 3, Eicher 0-1 0-0 0, TOTALS 23-52 18-27 74. S-western 52 36 —88 Bethel 25 49 —74 Total fouls — SC 22, BC 26. Technical fouls — SC: Clark, Morales. BC: bench, Griffin, Moore. Fouled out — BC: Yunker. 3-point shooting — SC 9-17 (Morales 2-3, Johnson 3-7, Tyler 1-1, Shirley 1-2, Tisdale 0-1, Lipsey 1-2, Clark 1-1), BC 10-23 (Watson III 0-3, Griffin 4-5, Yunker 2-4, Hodge 3-7, Kolbeck 0-3, Kingsley 1-1). Rebounds — SC 47 (Tisdale 8, Clark 8), BC 28 (Hodge 5). Assists — SC 11 (Tyler 3, Vasquez 3), BC 10 (Watson III 3). Turnovers — SC 16 (Tisdale 6), BC 16 (Arciniega 4). Blocked shots — SC 1 (Johnson 1), BC 5 (Benton 2). Steals — SC 8 (Lipsey 3), BC 6 (Griffin 2).
     
     
     

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