ABOVE: Andrew Hamm, junior guard, checks for a pass or shot during the Bethel game Saturday night. Hamm was one of the game’s starters. (Tessa Castor/Staff photographer)

By Tessa Castor
Staff reporter

Men’s basketball took on the Bethel College Threshers at 5 p.m. on Feb. 9 in Stewart Field House.

Leading the team were starters Andrew Hamm, junior guard, Simpson Anderson, senior guard, Brent Smith, senior center, Ahmad Pratt, sophomore forward, and Cameron Hunt, senior guard. The game started off quickly with an immediate shot by the Threshers, who won the jump ball.

Southwestern soon closed the gap, passing the Threshers with a close score of 20-18 Builders five minutes into the game.

By five minutes left in the first half, the Builders had extended their lead to 34-24. At halftime, the score was 46-26 Southwestern.

The Builders’ 20-point lead continued into the second half with a score if 56-34 into the first five minutes. A technical foul by Bethel’s Garrett White contributed to Southwestern’s lead, and with five minutes left in the game, the score was 80-56 Builders.

Southwestern finished the game with a 89-65 final victory.

“We bounced back from a tough loss very well,” said Smith. “We played with more energy and executed our game plan. We knew they would play physical with us and throw out cheap shots and we handled it all well.”

The leading scorer for the Builders was Hunt with 38 points. Hunt also led in assists with 6. Smith and Anderson led the team in rebounds, each with 7. The Builders had an overall field goal percentage of 56.6 percent, and for three-pointers, a percentage of 36.8 percent.

“I’m very proud of our team bouncing back after a tough loss on the road to Avila,” said Matt O’Brien, head coach. “Lots of players contributed to the win.”

Southwestern’s overall record is now 23-3, 19-3 KCAC. Bethel’s new record is 13-15 overall, 8-14 KCAC.

They will play again at 8 p.m. Feb. 13 in Sterling College’s Gleason Physical Education Center. It will be the last game before the Builders’ final regular conference game against Oklahoma Wesleyan University on Feb. 16 in Stewart Field House.

Tessa Castor is a junior majoring in English. You may email her at tessa.castor@sckans.edu.