ABOVE: Kyrece Mills, junior guard, brings the ball down the court during an earlier-season game. (File photo)
By Brian Kiprotich
The no. 6 ranked Southwestern men’s basketball team overcame a sluggish start to get the 20-point win over Bethel. The Moundbuilders defeated the Threshers 90-70 inside Stewart Field House.
Cameron Hunt, junior guard, led Southwestern with 21 points, added five rebounds, and added a game-high six assists. Lajuan Hardy, freshman guard, added 13 points, five rebounds and five assists. Dj Wallace, senior guard, scored 12 points with five rebounds and three assists.
Dakota Foster led Bethel (6-14,4-9 KCAC) with 18 points as one of four Threshers to score double figures.
Southwestern (19-2,12-1 KCAC) shot 50.7 percent (35-69) from the field, and 41.4 percent (12-29) from the three-point range. The Moundbuilders went 80 percent (8-10) on their free throws and led with points off turnovers, 17-6.
The beginning of the game was controlled by Bethel, as they scored the first five points. A Myron Fisher, senior guard, three point started a 10-0 run for the Builders. The Threshers weren’t going to let the game go, and they went on their own 7-3 run to make the game 13-12. Bethel got the lead with 25-24 with 7:46 left in the half. The final six minutes went back and forth, but Southwestern got the two-point lead before halftime. The half ended 34-32 southwestern lead.
The second half was all Southwestern, as they went on a 11-3 run to start of the half. The lead just seemed to grow as Bethel couldn’t get a point. The lead grew to 20 after Lorenzo Martinez, junior center, hit a three pointer, making it 73-53 with 7:18 left. A pair of Jacob Horsch, senior guard, threes and a Hunt basket gave Southwestern their biggest lead, 80-55, with 5:10 left. Bethel tried to close the lead as they went on a 11-3 run in three minutes. The lead was cut down to 83-66 with 2:40 left. Southwestern went on an 8-4 run to close out the game with a 90-70 win over Bethel.
With Wednesday night’s win over Bethel, Southwestern is 19-2 on the season, and 12-1 in Kansas Collegiate Conference play. Southwestern will travel to Sterling to face Sterling College. Tip-off is set for 5 p.m. inside Gleason Center.
Brian Kiprotich is studying business and computer information systems. You may email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.