WINFIELD — The license plate of the truck that ran over the Bethel College men’s basketball team Saturday was no. 24 Hunt.

Cameron Hunt scored 38 points to lead sixth-ranked (NAIA Division II) Southwestern to a 89-65 win over Bethel Saturday in KCAC play at Stewart Field House in Winfield.

Bethel drops its seventh straight, falling to 13-15, 8-14 in KCAC play. Southwestern improves to 23-3, 19-3 in KCAC play. The Moundbuilders clinch second place in the conference. The Moundbuilders need two wins coupled with two Oklahoma Wesleyan losses for a chance to tie for the conference title.

In two games against Bethel, Hunt has scored 79 points. He averages 31.4 points a game, first in the NAIA Division II and third nationally among players of all divisions.

“I’m not sure there is an answer for that guy,” Bethel coach Jayson Artaz said. “We tried to deny him. We tried to double him. Short of putting all five guys on him, I’m not sure of what we can do. He was 14 of 14 from the free throw line and 11 of 19 from the field. I was talking to our guys, he didn’t have any easy shots. He wasn’t getting easy layups. When He plays like that, he’s almost impossible to stop. His ability to make tough shots, in the first half, we got him to run down hill. Our rotations were sound. We were in the right position, he was hitting everything off the glass. There aren’t that many guys at the NAIA or (NCAA) Division II levels who can score that well.”

Andrew Hamm added 20 points for Southwestern. Simpson Anderson scored 11.

Poe Bryant led Bethel with 11 points. Jaylon Scott scored 10.

Bethel jumped out to a 6-2 lead that included a Southwestern time out 21 seconds into the game.

Southwestern came back to take a 15-8 lead.

Down 23-21 with 8:59 left in the first half, Bethel gave up a 20-3 run.

Bryant broke the run with a jumper with 52 seconds left in the half. Hunt replied with a 3-pointer to put the Moundbuilders up 46-26 at the half.

Southwestern was 17 of 29 shooting in the first half, while Bethel was 11 of 36. The Threshers didn’t get to the line in the first half, while the Moundbuilders hit all seven attempts.

Bethel stayed with Southwestern early in the second half, cutting the lead to 15 at one point. Aided by BC fouls, Southwestern was able to pull away by as many as 29.

“That dry spell offensively in the first half really hurt us,” Artaz said. “One thing they did in that stretch was pack the lane against us. We couldn’t get ourselves able to get downhill enough. We were penetrating and kicking it out for open shots, but we weren’t knocking them down. We were settling for that because it was the one open pass we could get. In the second half, we did a better job of driving it after the kick out. We didn’t shoot a single free throw in the first half. If you’re doing that against a good team, you’re not going to win many games. The first 10, 15 minutes of the first half, we’re with them.

“The first 10, 15 minutes of the second half, we’re with them. Then they made plays to separate themselves and then they got to the line. We’re there, but we can’t have those five-minute stretches where we can’t score or those five-minute stretches where we can’t get stops.”

Bethel hosts 22nd-ranked Friends at 8 p.m. Wednesday for senior night. Friends is 20-7, 16-6 in conference play. The Falcons topped Bethel 88-65 last month in Wichita.

Bethel needs two wins and two York losses for a chance to qualify for the KCAC post-season tournament. If Bethany and York both lose their two remaining games and Bethel wins its two remaining games, depending on how the three-way tie-breakers fall out, Bethel could get the seventh seed.

“Friends has another player similar to Southwestern’s (Jordan Murdock at 27.9 points a game),” Artaz said. “Then they have a bunch of really good role players who fit in their roles really well. Their second-best player would be the best player for most of the teams in the conference. You play the guys in front of you. I don’t know how you don’t get excited about playing a nationally-ranked team. I don’t know when the last time Bethel beat a nationally-ranked team.”

BETHEL (13-15, 8-14 KCAC) — Ahmed Fall 2-3 0-0 4, Greg White 0-2 0-0 0, Jaylon Scott 4-12 0-2 10, Danen Kistner 0-1 0-0 0, Clifford Byrd, Jr 1-2 0-0 2, Tavaughn Flowers 0-3 0-0 0, Sam Morgan 3-5 0-0 7, Jalal Gondal 1-1 0-0 3, Terrell Marshall 3-8 0-0 8, Dakota Foster 2-8 3-4 7, Poe Bryant 5-8 1-1 11, Trey Sleep 1-6 0-0 2, Kiesean Weiher 2-4 0-0 4, Garrett White 1-7 0-0 2, Joe Rushing 1-2 3-3 5. TOTALS 26-72 7-10 65.

SOUTHWESTERN (23-3, 19-3 KCAC) — Unwana Ekiko 2-2 0-0 5, Kyrece Mills 0-0 0-0 0, Andrew Hamm 7-12 5-5 20, Jarehn White 1-3 0-0 2, Dayton McGroarty 0-0 0-0 0, Simpson Anderson 4-8 0-0 11, Brent Smith 2-3 3-4 7, Ahmad Pratt 2-5 0-0 4, Anthony Hickman 0-0 0-0 0, Kenyatta Sewell 0-0 0-0 0, Troy Baker 1-1 0-0 2, Cameron Hunt 11-19 14-14 38, Greg McCoy 0-0 0-0 0. TOTALS 30-53 22-23 89.



Total fouls — BC 20, SC 9. Technical fouls — BC: Ga.White 8:38-2h. Fouled out — none. 3-point shooting — BC 6-26 (White 0-1, Scott 2-6, Kistner 0-1, Morgan 1-1, Gondal 1-1, Marshall 2-3, Foster 0-4, Bryant 0-1, Sleep 0-2, White 0-5, Rushing 0-1), SC 7-19 (Ekiko 1-1, Hamm 1-3, White 0-2, Anderson 3-6, Pratt 0-3, Hunt 2-4). Rebounds — BC 30 (Bryant 6), SC 38 (Anderson 7, Smith 7). Assists — BC 8 (White 2, Kistner 2), SC 15 (Hunt 6). Turnovers — BC 11 (Bryant 2, Scott 2, Byrd Jr. 2), SC 13 (Hunt 5). Blocked shots — BC 1 (White 1), SC 5 (Baker 3). Steals — BC 6 (Scott 3), SC 3 (Hunt 2).

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