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

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  • EMPORIA — The Bethel College men's basketball team got a spanking Monday night in a 108-51 loss to NCAA Division II Emporia State at White Auditorium.
    The Hornets improve to 4-0. The game counted as an exhibition for the Threshers.
    "From the start, we just were not ready," Bethel coach Alonzo Jamison said. "That's not a pattern I want this team to emerge. It's never on coaches to get kids up to play. It's on the players. We're having issues with that right now. We have kids thinking, 'It's just another game.' It's not just another game. We only have 28 games, and this was one of them. We have 28 times to put the uniform on. It's going to come down to whether we want to play or not."
    Emporia State was led by Kaleb Wright with 19 points, followed by Terrance Moore with 15, Jevon Taylor with 15, Jay Temaat with 12 and Paul Bunch with 12. Gavin Brown had 11 rebounds.
    DeWayne Canady led Bethel with 20 points, the sole BC player in double figures.
    Bethel was 15 of 60 from the field for 25 percent, four of 30 in the second half. ESU was 39 of 71 for 54.9 percent. The Hornets held a 51-26 advantage in rebounds.
    "Nobody in that locker room can say we played well today," Jamison said. "That's a big deal for me. They pushed us around. We're not the biggest or tallest team. We know that. We have to play bigger than we are. This was a test for us, and we got totally pushed us around. Their bigs just tore us up inside."
    Bethel fell behind 10-0 to start the game. Cody Cape broke the scoreless streak with a pair of free throws with 15:07 remaining in the first half. Nnambi Hope-Ezeigbo hit the Threshers' first field goal with 13:52 remaining.
    Bethel drew within 13 late in the first half, prompting a Hornet time out, the ESU starters returning and a 13-0 run. A Moore slam on a steal just before the halftime buzzer put Emporia State up by 34, 65-31.
    The Hornets were 25 of 40 shooting in the first half. Bethel was 11 of 30. Bethel had 12 turnovers to five for Emporia State.
    Bethel held ESU scoreless for more than two minutes to start the second half, but was shut out for more than 4 1/2 minutes. Bethel's first field goal of the second half was a layup by Canady with 7:51 remaining. Canady hit a trey with 6:31 remaining.
    A Temaat trey with 3:25 remaining put ESU in triple figures.
    "These Division II games are money games for us," Jamison said. "We have to play them to help the program out. Still, when we play these games it's about how we play. We can lose by 50 and play well. That didn't happen to us today. We lost by 50 and we didn't play well."
    Page 2 of 2 - Bethel plays at 2 p.m. Saturday against NAIA Division I Central Methodist at the Friends Classic. That game also will count as an exhibition.
    "We have another game Saturday," Jamison said. "We need four good practices in a row. We have a JV game against Hesston. I think we'll be OK."
    BETHEL (0-4-exhibition) — Cape 0-4 2-2 2, Packard 2-6 3-3 8, Jones 0-7 3-6 3, R.Wright 4-7 0-0 8, Hill 0-4 0-0 0, Smith 0-0 0-0 0, Kingsley 0-3 0-0 0, Trotnic 0-3 0-0 0, Ellis 1-2 0-0 3, Hope-Ezeigbo 1-5 0-3 2, Canady 5-10 9-10 20, Ford 2-9 1-2 5, TOTALS 15-60 18-26 51.
    EMPORIA STATE (4-0) — Brown 1-1 2-2 4, Bunch 6-7 0-0 12, K.Wright 6-11 6-6 19, Moore 7-11 1-1 15, Swank 3-7 0-0 7, Jordan 0-6 2-2 2, Moss 1-2 0-0 2, Shaw 2-2 1-2 5, Temaat 3-10 3-4 12, Badejo 3-3 0-0 6, Pedersen 0-1 0-0 0, Taylor 6-7 0-0 15, Mayes 0-2 2-2 2, Sardin 1-1 5-7 7, TOTALS 39-71 22-26 108.
    Bethel 31 20 —51
    Emporia St. 65 43 —108
    Total fouls — BC 19, ESU 21. Technical fouls — none. Fouled out — none. 3-point shooting — BC 3-10 (Cape 0-1, Packard 1-1, R.Wright 0-2, Kingsley 0-2, Trotnic 0-1, Ellis 1-2, Canady 1-1), ESU 8-23 (Bunch 0-1, K.Wright 1-2, Moore 0-3, Swank 1-4, Jordan 0-1, Moss 0-1, Temaat 3-7, Taylor 3-4). Rebounds — BC 26 (Ford 6), ESU 51 (Brown 11). Assists — BC 5 (Trotnic 2), ESU 21 (Swank 7). Turnovers — BC 20 (Jones 4), ESU 14 (Jordan 3, Taylor 3). Blocked shots — BC 2 (Packard 1, Ford 1), ESU 8 (Bunch 4). Steals — BC 6 (Cape 2, Smith 2), ESU 12 (Moore 5). Officials — Boeh, Fields, Felder. Attendance — 1,197.
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