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

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  • McPHERSON — The Bethel College men's basketball team played a little bit better in its rematch with 21st-ranked (NAIA Division I) Park University than in the first meeting last week.
    After getting drilled 100-63 by the Pirates in Parkville, Mo., Bethel held the Pirates to an 85-71 win Friday at one of the Threshers' temporary homes while its new floor is being installed, Central Christian College in McPherson.
    The Threshers couldn't stop Park's dribble-drive inside.
    "We finally got to a point with a new emphasis with keeping our hands off the driver," Bethel coach Alonzo Jamison said. "We thought that would play into the hands of our dribble drive. We didn't shoot free throws in the second half until with about three minutes left."
    Park, 2-3, was led by Xavielle Brown with 20 points. Denzelle Cook and Myles Whitehurst each scored 14. Marcus Johnson scored 12.
    Bethel was led by Robbie Wright with 17 points. Jody Keon Jones added 15.
    Bethel struggled through about every phase of the game early, falling behind by as many as 13. Bethel made a run late in the first half to get within one with less than two minutes remaining in the first half, but gave up a 10-0 run to end the half, trailing 44-33.
    "We got it all the way down, then I counted about eight points they scored consecutively," Jamison said. "That hurt us. At times, this team can look really good. At times, we look just as bad. ... We dug ourselves a hole, then we got ourselves out of it. Then we dug ourselves another hole that was too deep to get back out of. We put them on the hook, then we let them off the hook."
    Bethel hit just 40.6 percent from the field in the first half (13 of 32), while Park was 17 of 30 for 56.7 percent.
    Bethel fell behind by as many as 20 early in the second half, aided by foul trouble. At one point in the first 6 1/2 minutes of the second half, the Threshers were called for seven fouls to none for Park. Bethel closed to within 15, but Park pulled away again.
    Bethel plays at 7:30 p.m. Monday against NCAA Division II Emporia State at White Auditorium in Emporia. The game will count as an exhibition for the Threshers. The Hornets are 3-0 with two wins over KCAC schools. ESU also has an 81-76 exhibition win over NCAA Division I Missouri-Kansas City and exhibition losses to top 20 teams Oklahoma State and Wichita State.
    "That's going to be a fun game for us," Jamison said. "It's an exhibition, so it doesn't count against us. (ESU coach) Shawn Vandiver is a close friend of mine. I played against him in college. I just saw that he called. He's a good guy. Emporia State always has good teams. I'm not worried about the score. I'm more worried about how we play, and what our psyche is. Our moniker is defense and team basketball. We have yet to do that. That's a big issue for us right now. We play well in spurts. Right now we need all five guys on the court playing 40 minutes of playing well together."
    Page 2 of 2 - PARK (2-3) — Cook 6-12 2-4 14, Woodhouse 1-2 0-2 2, Enloe 1-3 0-0 3, Brown 7-13 5-8 20, Van Oostrum 0-1 0-0 0, Thomas 0-0 0-0 0, Fairley 0-2 0-0 0, M.Johnson 4-12 3-3 12, L.Johnson 1-2 1-2 3, Lewis 2-3 2-4 6, Whitehurst 5-5 4-4 14, Eggum 0-2 0-0 0, Griffin 1-2 4-4 6, Kotsanos 2-2 1-2 5, TOTALS 30-63 22-33 85.
    BETHEL (0-4) — Cape 2-6 3-4 7, Packard 1-4 0-0 4, Jones 6-15 3-3 15, Wright 4-13 8-8 17, Hill 3-5 0-0 6, Smith 1-1 2-2 4, Kingsley 0-0 0-0 0, Trotnic 2-4 0-0 6, Hope-Ezeigbo 2-8 2-2 6, Canady 1-5 0-0 2, Ford 3-4 0-0 6, TOTALS 25-67 18-20 71.
    Park 44 41 —85
    Bethel 33 38 —71
    Total fouls — PU 19, BC 26. Technical fouls — none. Fouled out — none. 3-point shooting — PU 3-21 (Cook 0-2, Enloe 1-3, Brown 1-4, Fairley 1-8, M.Johnson 1-8. L.Johnson 0-1, Lewis 0-1, Eggum 0-1), BC 3-15 (Packard 0-1, Jones 0-1, Wright 1-6, Trotnic 2-4, Ellis 0-1, Canady 0-2). Rebounds — PU 42 (Kotsanos 9), BC 40 (Packard 8). Assists — PU 19 (Van Oostrum 5), BC 14 (Packard 4). Turnovers — PU 12 (Enloe 3), BC 13 (Trotnic 4). Blocked shots — PU 4 (four with 1), BC 1 (Smith 1). Steals — PU 9 (Brown 2, Whitehurst 2), BC 2 (Packard 1, Wright 1).

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