LINDSBORG—The Swedes men's basketball team was unable to pull off an upset over no. 18 Southwestern College. Bethany fell 83-72 in a game much closer than the score showed.
The biggest lead in the first half was actually captured by the Swedes at seven. Throughout the first 20 minutes, the teams battled for the lead and the momentum with Bethany keeping the lead the majority of the time. However, each time the Swedes tried to pull away, the Moundbuilders showed why they are one of the top teams in the country and came up with big plays to get themselves right back on the Swedes' heels.
In the second half, it took nearly two minutes before either team was able to find the basket. However, once both got rolling, it was Southwestern who really took off. In the middle of the half, over a five minute stretch, the Builders went on a 22-10 run to finally pull away from the Swedes and take a firm lead on the game. From there, the Swedes kept fighting to claw back, but there was just not time left in the game for Bethany to complete their comeback.
The Details . . .
Three Swedes had double-digit points on the night; Tyler Larkin, senior guard, led the team with 23 points and five assists. Isiah Saenz, sophomore guard, was just behind him with 20 points and three assists, followed by Baptiste Chazelas, junior forward, with 12 points.
As a team, the Swedes came up with 36 rebounds compared to Southwestern's 42. The Swedes spread the loved in the rebound category with Lavarius Duncan, sophomore forward, and Larkin leading the way with six boards each. Bethany shot 39.5 percent from the field and 28.6 percent from behind the arc.
Up Next . . .
Bethany returns to the court after the holiday weekend on Monday, Nov. 26. The Swedes will host Ottawa University at 8 p.m. following the women's contest.