Moundbuilders grit out tough victory at home

Three Bethany College defenders can only watch as Southwestern College senior Lorenzo Martinez finishes off a two-handed dunk with 6:56 remaining in Saturday’s KCAC battle at Stewart Field House. The dunk tied the score 74-74.

The Southwestern College men’s basketball team picked up a hard-fought 88-84 victory Saturday night against Bethany at Stewart Field House in the first contest of the new year.

The Moundbuilders (11-5, 5-5 KCAC) jumped out to a quick 16-2 lead behind hot 3-point shooting.

What looked to be a possible blowout from the start, though, the Swedes (6-8, 2-8) answered the run with a 16-1 run of their own. Southwestern held a 45-41 advantage at halftime.

Bethany scored the first three points of the second half, but the Builders used an 8-0 run to extend their lead to nine, the biggest margin in the game.

The Swedes regained a three-point edge midway through the second half, led by guards Justin Jones and Isiah Saenz, who combined for 64 points.

Trailing 69-66, the Moundbuilders used another 8-0 run to pull ahead 74-69.

Bethany cut the deficit to two on multiple occasions, but back-to-back baskets by juniors Troy Baker and Geoff Salas allowed them to retain the lead.

Senior Andrew Hamm buried a 3-point dagger with just more than a minute remaining to push a four-point margin to seven.

Baker was a big part of the success down the stretch, helping to ice the game with a free throw. He recorded a double-double with 10 points and 18 rebounds, with four blocks.

Jones drained a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to shrink the final score.

Hamm, who led Southwestern with 33 points on 12-of-24 shooting, was recognized during halftime of the women’s game for securing his 1,000th career point on Dec. 16 against Ecclesia in Dallas, Texas.

Junior Ahmad Pratt shot 70 percent from the floor in an 18-points effort to go with eight rebounds and two blocks. Salas added 13 points off the bench.

The Builders play at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Saint Mary in Leavenworth. The Spires (8-6, 4-6) defeated Dallas Christian 113-62 in nonconference action Saturday.

 

Southwestern 88, Bethany 84

BETHANY (6-8, 2-8)

Baptiste Chazelas 0-2 0-0 0, Isiah Saenz 8-16 3-3 25, Braylen Young 1-8 0-0 3, Dalton Smyres 3-10 0-2 6, Dylan Smith 0-0 0-0 0, Shammond Ivory 2-3 2-3 6, Timothy Yoder 0-0 0-0 0, Ray Miller 2-3 0-0 5, Milton Massey 0-2 0-0 0, Justin Jones 14-27 2-3 39. Totals 30-71 7-11 84.

SOUTHWESTERN (11-5, 5-5)

De’Rias Johnson 0-1 0-0 0, Andrew Hamm 12-24 5-6 33, Jarehn White 2-8 0-0 5, Geoff Salas 5-13 1-2 13, Lorenzo Martinez 1-2 0-0 2, Noah Webster 3-5 1-2 7, Ahmad Pratt 7-10 0-0 18, Troy Baker 4-7 1-3 10, Quintin Wallace 0-0 0-0 0, Jake Haertl 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 34-70 8-13 88.

 

Halftime: Southwestern 45-41. 3-Point goals: Bethany 17-42 (Saenz 6-13, Young 1-8, Smyres 0-2, Ivory 0-1, Miller 1-2, Jones 9-16); Southwestern 12-31 (Hamm 4-12, White 1-5, Salas 2-6, Webster 0-1, Pratt 4-6, Baker 1-1). Rebounds: Bethany 28 (Chazelas 11); Southwestern 54 (Baker 18). Assists: Bethany 12 (Saenz 4); Southwestern 16 (White 6). Steals: Bethany 8 (Smyres 3); Southwestern 3 (3 with 1). Blocks: Bethany 3 (3 with 1); Southwestern 6 (Baker 4). Turnovers: Bethany 6, Southwestern 14. Fouled out: none. Total fouls: Bethany 17, Southwestern 10.

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