The Bethel College men’s basketball team was trading the lead back and forth with Bethany College Wednesday night in KCAC play at Thresher Gym.

Bethany got the last run in to claim a 95-84 win. The loss was Bethel’s second straight, falling to 5-5, 3-3 in KCAC play. Bethany improves to 6-5, 3-3 in KCAC play.

“We were inconsistent,” Bethel coach Jayson Artaz said. “We go on a spurt, go up six, seven, eight and let them right back in the game. We talked about consistency a lot. That’s something we really struggle with. Some of it is effort, a little bit. Some of it is execution of plays. We’ve got to be able to build on our momentum. A lot of times, we kill our momentum with turnovers and giving them an easy basket. A lot of credit to them. They kept answering our runs and playing pretty good basketball.”

Bethany was led by Tyler Larkin with 26 points and Lavaris Duncan with 21 points and 15 rebounds. Isiah Saenz scored 16 points, followed by Mitchell Brown with 11 and Jovan Elezovic with 10.

Terrell Marshall led Bethel with 20 points. Jaylon Scott scored 17, followed by Poe Bryant with 15, Dakota Foster with 12 and Kiesean Weiher with 11.

After starting the game seven of 10 from the field to take a 10-point lead, Bethel gave up a run that allowed the Swedes to lead by as many as three.

Bethel made the last run to get up by six, missing chances to extend the lead. A Marshall layup with three seconds left in the period put Bethel ahead 42-38 at the half.

Bethel was 16 of 30 from the field in the first half, while Bethany was 16 of 31.

Bethany opened the second half with an 8-2 run. Bethel took a time out and made a 9-0 run.

Bethany came back and regained the lead on a Duncan three-point play with 9:25 left in regulation. After several Bethel misses from the field, Larkin hit a three-point play.

The Swedes led by seven on a Larkin trey with 6:30 to play. After a turnover, Larkin hit a short jumper.

Saenz hit back-to-back treys, followed by a Elezovic trey, to put Bethany up 14 with 3:20 to play. Bethel never recovered from that point.

“Down the stretch, they went five for five with threes,” Artaz said. “In the second half, we went two for 13. In just that one stretch, it went from a tie game to a 13-point game. That’s something we have to figure out how to answer. This is the second game where we let someone hang around and then they hit threes. That hurts.”

Bethel plays at 7 p.m. Saturday at Sterling. The Warriors are 1-7, 1-6 in KCAC play, after a 64-73 loss to Avila, the first conference win for Avila.

“Sterling is always a really tough place to play,” Artaz said. “I don’t care who you are. There is something about their gym. Their fans are pretty wild. We’ve got to make sure we’ve go to go in with a bad taste in our mouth from this one and ready to compete. We can’t be afraid to get at it.”

BETHANY (6-5, 3-3 KCAC) — Tyler Larkin 11-23 3-4 26, Baptiste Chazelas 1-1 0-0 2, Reed Stephens 0-1 0-0 0, Mitchell Brown 4-8 2-2 11, Isiah Saenz 5-11 4-4 16, Lavaris Duncan 8-12 5-7 21, Braylen Young 0-1 0-0 0, Nate Brown 1-2 0-0 2, Jovan Elezovic 3-5 2-2 10, Dalton Smyres 1-1 0-0 3, Kristijan Joksimovic 2-2 0-0 4. TOTALS 36-67 16-19 95.

BETHEL (5-5, 3-3 KCAC) — Trey Sleep 0-1 0-0 0, Poe Bryant 6-10 3-7 15, Dakota Foster 4-12 1-2 12, Terrell Marshall 9-10 0-1 20, Jalal Gondal 0-2 0-0 0, Sam Morgan 2-8 4-4 9, Kiesean Weiher 5-8 1-1 11, Jaylon Scott 5-11 6-7 17, Greg White 0-0 0-0 0. TOTALS 31-62 15-22 84.

Bethany;38;57;—95

Bethel;42;42;—84

Total fouls — Bethany 19, Bethel 17. Technical fouls — Bethel: Weiher 14:35-2h. Fouled out — none. 3-point shooting — Bethany 7-22 (Larkin 1-6, Stephens 0-1, Brown 1-4, Saenz 2-6, Young 0-1, Elezovic 2-3, Smyres 1-1), Bethel 7-27 (Bryant 0-2, Foster 3-10, Marshall 2-2, Gondal 0-2, Morgan 1-6, Weiher 0-1, Scott 1-4). Rebounds — Bethany 35 (Duncan 15), Bethel 31 (Weiher 8). Assists — Bethany 7 (Larkin 3), Bethel 11 (Bryant 3, Scott 3). Turnovers — Bethany 14 (Saenz 4), Bethel 14 (Foster 4). Blocked shots — Bethany 4 (Duncan 2), Bethel 4 (Scott 2). Steals — Bethany 10 (Saenz 3), Bethel 7 (Foster 2, Marshall 2, Scott 2).