A run to end the first half and another to open the second was too much for the Bethel College men’s basketball team to overcome in an 84-74 loss to York College Thursday night at Thresher Gym.

Bethel couldn’t overcome cold shooting early, along with turnovers and defensive lapses.

“I thought we played well enough to win tonight,” Bethel coach Tony Hoops said. “We just didn’t make the necessary plays. There’s two things that were the difference tonight for them — offensive boards and our inability to finish open shots and score layups. Definitely 10 points worth. Some of the offensive boards was their length and athleticism. I thought we rebounded well on the offensive boards. In the first half, we played some of the best basketball of the season and shot 30 percent - with some good looks. It wasn’t a matter of our offense breaking down. We got good looks and didn’t finish.”

Cameron Coleman led York with 27 points and 10 rebounds. Keith Mack scored 21 points. Johnny Cooksey scored 10 points.

York improves to 20-9, 16-5 in KCAC play. The Panthers came into the game with the second seed in the KCAC tournament already clinched. The win was York’s seventh straight.

Bethel was led by Deven Goodwin with 23 points. Chase Banister scored 17 points, hitting five of seven 3-point shots in the second half. He hit all of his 3-pointers in the last 7 1/2 minutes. Jacob Miller added 10 points with eight rebounds.

“Chase didn’t get it going, and then he got it going,” Hoops said. “That’s the good and bad of Chase and that’s the maturity he’s fighting through. He’s capable of doing that consistency.”

Goodwin, Chris Robinson, Austin Miller and Miller were all playing in their final home game.

“I could not be more proud of the culture of our program,” Hoops said. “We had a great bench. It was very energetic. We competed as hard as we have all year, considering the circumstances we’re in. As for seniors, my heart breaks for them. They deserve a better finish for their career. On the flip side of that, they are four of the most genuine people I have ever had the opportunity to coach.

“We have to recruit, but most importantly, we have to develop within our program. We have to have the culture we had tonight for the full season. That’s an off-season thing and an in-season thing.”

Bethel fell behind 10-4 early, but replied with an 8-1 run. After several lead changes, York was able to get back out by as many as 12 late in the half. York kept a 12-point lead at the half, 37-25.

Bethel was just eight of 26 shooting in the first half while York was 14 of 37.

York opened the third quarter with a trey, followed by a 6-0 Bethel run. Down by as many as 20, Banister hit Bethel’s first 3-pointer with 7:53 left in the game. A Banister trey with 2:56 to play got Bethel within nine. York was able to pull back out by 16 in the final minute. Banister hit a trey with 11 seconds left to cut the lead back to 10.

Bethel falls to 11-18, 5-16 in KCAC play. The Threshers have dropped five in a row and 13 of the last 15 games. Bethel plays at 7 p.m. Saturday at Sterling to end the season. The Warriors are 7-22, 4-17 in KCAC play, dropping 10 straight and 12 of the last 14.

Sterling’s last win was 77-68 over Bethel.

“It’s a huge game for us,” Hoops said. “It might sound crazy, but I told our guys it’s rare that a team gets to end the season with a win. We have a chance to get one Saturday. We have a chance to get one back that we gave away at our place. We have a lot to play for.”

YORK (20-9, 16-5 KCAC) — C.Smith 1-1 0-0 2, Tripplett 2-7 0-0 5, Brandenburg 0-0 0-0 0, Dean 2-5 2-3 6, Coleman 11-17 5-5 27, Johnson 1-8 1-2 3, Malbrough 0-4 0-0 0, Cooksey 4-9 1-2 10, Howe 2-2 0-1 4, Lenear 2-5 1-1 6, E.Smith 0-2 0-0 0, Mack 9-18 0-0 21. TOTALS 34-78 10-14 84.

BETHEL (11-18, 5-16 KCAC) — Miller 5-7 0-2 10, Goodwin 9-20 4-6 23, Sleep 2-4 1-2 5, Mitchell 1-7 3-4 5, Robinson 2-5 2-2 6, Banister 5-11 2-2 17, Foster 0-0 0-0 0, Marshall 0-3 4-4 4, Long 0-2 0-0 0, Jordan 1-4 2-2 4. TOTALS 25-63 18-24 74.



Total fouls — YC 23, BC 17. Technical fouls — none. Fouled out — none. 3-point shooting — YC 6-26 (Tripplett 1-4, Johnson 0-2, Malbrough 0-3, Cooksey 1-5, Lenear 1-1, E.Smith 0-2, Mack 3-9), BC 6-20 (Goodwin 1-7, Robinson 0-1, Banister 5-9, Marshall 0-1, Long 0-1, Jordan 0-1). Rebounds — YC 50 (Coleman 10), BC 46 (Miller 8, Sleep 8). Assists — YC 21 (C.Smith 6), BC 9 (Goodwin 2, Robinson 2, Marshall 2). Turnovers — YC 15 (Dean 4), BC 19 (Goodwin 4). Blocked shots — YC 4 (Coleman 2), BC 6 (Robinson 5). Steals — YC 11 (Coleman 4), BC 9 (Goodwin 3).