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The Kansan - Newton, KS
  • Bethel men give up run in loss

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  • McPHERSON — The Bethel College men's basketball team got off to a good start, but struggled in the middle and at the end, falling to Haskell Indian Nations 87-70 Friday at the McPherson Classic.
    Bethel went from two points ahead to 12 points down in the last four minutes of the first half.
    "It was the infamous Bethel drought," Bethel coach Alonzo Jamison said. "We go down by double figures. The issue is, when our shots are not going, the defense still has to play well to keep us competitive. This was more like our last game against William Penn. I don't think we played well. If you ask the guys, they will probably tell you the same thing."
    Haskell, 4-8, was led by Dillion Thompson with 17 points, followed by Ron Rousseau with 14 points and 16 rebounds. Stand Lovato scored 13 points and Bo Schneider added 10 points. Dallas Rudd had 11 rebounds, followed by TsaLiDi Sequoyah with 10.
    Bethel was outrebounded 53-43.
    The 0-12 Threshers were led by Jenson Kingsley with 16 points and Robbie Wright with 15. Kingsley hit five 3-pointers, while Wright hit three.
    Neither team led by more than three in the first 16 1/2 minutes of the game. Back-to-back treys and a layup for Haskell put the Indians up 29-23 with 3:17 remaining in the half.
    Bethel turnovers and missed shots allowed Haskell to lead by as many as 13. Haskell hit one of two free throws with 1.7 seconds left in the half to lead 39-27.
    Bethel was just 29.4 percent from the field in the first half (10 of 34), while Haskell was 45.2 percent (14 of 31).
    Both teams struggled from the field early in the second half. Bethel got within 10 several times early, missing chances to get closer, but turnovers took their toll and Haskell pushed out by as many as 20.
    Bethel got as close as 11, but couldn't get any closer.
    "We just couldn't get over the hump," Jamison said. "We had at least three or four chances to get the lead back to single figures. We just couldn't get it done. We relied too much on the outside shots, especially in the first half. Our big guys touched the ball a few times, but they needed more and better touches."
    Bethel plays NAIA Division I Baker at 2 p.m. Baker is 7-6 after a 65-63 win over host McPherson.
    "They have to play with less rest than we do," Jamison said. "Our thing is, we can't be worried about who we're playing. We have to worry about how we're playing. We're fighting ourselves. We have to continue to talk about team — team defense and team basketball — between now and 2 o'clock tomorrow. We've got a lot of good individuals, but we have to put team first."
    Page 2 of 2 - HASKELL INU (4-8) — Lovato 5-9 0-0 13, Proctor 3-6 2-3 8, Rudd 1-2 6-10 8, Rousseau 6-9 2-2 14, Schneider 3-7 2-2 10, Thompson 5-10 7-9 17, Pittman 1-1 0-0 2, Bruns 2-8 2-4 6, Sequoyah 4-10 1-2 9, Middleton 0-0 0-0 0, TOTALS 30-62 22-32 87.
    BETHEL (0-12) — Smith 1-1 2-2 5, Kingsley 5-15 1-2 16, Mustin 1-2 1-2 3, Hill 1-10 3-4 5, Wright 4-14 4-4 15, Packard 3-7 0-0 6, Jones 3-10 0-1 6, Ellis 2-12 2-2 7, Anderson 1-3 1-2 3, Trever Ford 2-5 0-0 4, TOTALS 23-79 14-19 70.
    Haskell 39 48 —87
    Bethel 27 43 —70
    Total fouls — HIN 18, BC 23. Technical fouls — none. Fouled out — BC: Kingsley (:49.8-2h). 3-point shooting — HIN 5-13 (Lovato 3-6, Schneider 2-4, Bruns 0-2, Sequoyah 0-1), BC 10-36 (Smith 1-1, Kingsley 5-12, Mustin 0-1, Hill 0-1, Wright 3-9, Jones 0-2, Ellis 1-10). Rebounds — HIN 53 (Rousseau 16), BC 43 (Packard 8). Assists — HIN 13 (Lovato 6), BC 14 (Jones 4, Anderson 4). Turnovers — HIN 23 (Proctor 6), BC 17 (Kingsley 4, Anderson 4). Blocked shots — HIN 8 (Rudd 4), BC 1 (Packard 1). Steals — HIN 10 (Rousseau 3), BC 10 (Wright 3, Jones 3).

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