Men’s Basketball News Archive 2016-2017

26-2 run fuels Larks past Falcons

Basketball is a game of runs, and the Hesston College men’s basketball team, trailing the Friends University Falcons JV 13-6, rallied off a 26-2 scoring run midway through the first half to take a comfortable lead and go into the break up 41-24. The Larks continued the impressive play and outscored Friends 51-38 in the second half to win 92-62 at Yost Center.

These teams matched up in a preseason scrimmage in October and it looked like the Larks learned a few things. The defense was stifling in the first half, as the Larks held the Falcons to 21% from the field. Offensively, the depth for Hesston College has been a positive factor in the early part of the season, and it made an exclamation point as the bench scored 71 of the team’s 92 points.

Freshman guard Caleb Harris (Dayton, Ohio) scored 15 points, all in the second half, to carry the load. Sophomore forward Heath Agnew (Mountain City, Texas), freshman forward Cory Holt (Houston, Texas) and freshman forward LaDarius Johnson (Richmond, Texas) each scored 12 points. Freshman point guard Coye Campbell (Mesquite, Texas) averaging 16.3 points a game to lead the Larks, added 10. Jackson Oldham scored 20 points for Friends and Eric Sharping added 14 in the loss.

“72 bench points…our guys did a nice job of sharing the ball and getting each other open,” Coach Dustin Galyon commented. “We held them to two points for a total of 10 minutes in the first half during one stretch so guys were really guarding.”

Hesston College moves to 9-7 overall and will have a month off, before returning to action January 9. The Larks will travel to McPherson to take on the McPherson College Bulldogs JV. Hesston defeated McPherson JV 85-70 on November 21 at Yost Center.

Hesston races by Tigers

The Hesston College men’s basketball team rebounded from three straight loses to defeat the visiting Central Christian Tigers JV team 111-80. The Larks raced out to a quick 11-2 lead to begin the game. The advantage grew to 20 points midway through the first half, as the Larks’ shots were falling, while aggressively getting to the basket. Hesston controlled the game from start to finish and went into halftime up 60-34 shooting over 60% from the field.

In the second half, the Larks quickly pushed their advantage to nearly 30 points to cruise for a comfortable win. Back to back buckets by Carson Smith (Baytown, Texas) and an emphatic slam dunk by Dillon Buchanan (Boerne,Texas) made it 79-40, bringing the student section to their feet!

It was a balanced scoring attack for the Larks as 14 players scored in the lopsided victory. Freshman guard Carson Smith scored 22 including six three-pointers. Freshman forward LaDarious Johnson (Richmond, Texas) chipped in 14 points, a career high, and Cory Holt (Houston, Texas) 12 points- were the three players in double figures. Freshman forward Zac Neely (Ada, Okla.) added nine points, and three players scored seven points. Vann Calhoune carried the weight for the Tigers with 24 points, while Garrett Bylsma scored 14 in the loss for Central.

Head Coach Dustin Galyon returned to the sidelines after missing the previous two games due to the birth of his child. “I’m very proud of how we shared the ball and made the extra pass,” coach Galyon said following the game. “We were committed to our defensive assignments. It was a good win and fun to get a lot of guys involved.”

The Larks move to 8-7, snapping a three-game losing streak with the win over the Tigers. Hesston returns to the court Wednesday, December 7 for a 7 p.m. tipoff against the Friends University Falcons JV.

Jets fly away from Larks

The Hesston College men’s basketball team lost 84-70 to Northern Oklahoma College Saturday afternoon at the Mabee Center in Enid. The Larks, looking to knock off the Jets after falling in Hesston 92-65 last month, were unable to find their shooting from the field and trailed the Jets throughout the first half.

After winning three straight games, the Larks have now dropped three straight to even up their record at 7-7 going into the final week of games before the new year. Hesston College was coached for the second consecutive game by assistant Devan Kirkpatrick, while head coach Dustin Galyon was home with his new child. Jets’ Head Coach Greg Shamburg picked up his 300th victory.

Hesston College will return to Yost Center on Monday, December 5, for a 7 p.m. matchup with the Central Christian College Tigers JV.

Larks fall to Sunrise Christian Academy

The Hesston College men’s basketball team put in a gritty effort only to fall 89-82 to Sunrise Christian Academy (Wichita, Kan.) on Wednesday night in Hesston. Sunrise, an elite basketball academy known for sending players to NCAA D1 schools, started out connecting on their first three three-point attempts to take a an early lead.

Back-to-back layups by freshman center Dillon Buchanan (Boerne, Texas) evened the score at 10. Sunrise responded with a scoring run to take a 14-point lead, and went into the half leading 46-32.

The Larks rallied a couple times in the second half to make things interesting. Freshman forward Zac Neely (Ada, Okla.) banked home a long range three-pointer at the 14:16 mark, to pull the Larks within seven points at 54-47. Freshman forward Heath Agnew (Mountain City, Texas) followed with a jumper to cut the lead to six (69-63) with under eight minutes to go. Hesston would get as close as 85-80 when freshman guard Carson Smith (Baytown, Texas) connected on a pair of free throws with 35 seconds on the clock. Sunrise converted key foul shots down the stretch to hold off the surging Larks.

Hesston was led led by point guard Coye Campbell (Mesquite, Texas) who finished with a game high 19 points. Agnew scored 17 points off the bench, and Buchanan chipped in 10. Sunrise was led by guard Steffon Mitchell’s 18 points. University of Akron commit Eric Parrish scored 17. The loss drops the Larks to 7-6 overall, closing a busy month of November.

The Larks were coached by assistant Devan Fitzpatrick, as Head Coach Dustin Galyon was away for the birth of his son. Hesston College men’s basketball begins December with a rematch against Northern Oklahoma College-Enid. The Jets handed the Larks a 92-65 home loss on Nov. 17. Tipoff from Oklahoma on Saturday will be at 1:30 p.m.

Men’s basketball wins third in a row

The Hesston College men’basketball team, moved to 7-4 on the season with a convincing 87-73 win over the Bethel College Threshers JV team.

The Larks started out the game on a quick 5-0 run, but the Threshers responded to lead by as many as six points in the first half. Foul trouble early by Bethel allowed Hesston College to rally, leading by as many as 11 points late in the first half. Bethel chipped away at the lead, cutting it to seven points only to see freshman point guard Coye Campbell (Mesquite, Texas) knife to the bucket hitting a layup at the buzzer, giving the Larks a nine point lead, 42-33, at halftime.

The second half saw Hesston continue pushing the tempo, getting to the bucket and drawing plenty of fouls. The Larks had a significant advantage from the free throw line, outscoring the Threshers 27-10. “We got to the free throw line. We made a couple of them. Overall, the guys did a good job,” head coach Dustin Galyon commented following the win.

Hesston was led by freshman Carson Smith (Baytown, Texas) who dropped 16 points off the bench. Point guard Coye Campbell (Mesquite, Texas) had 14, freshman forward Zac Neely (Ada, Okla.) scored 12 and center Cory Holt (Houston, Texas) added 11. Bethel, College, which dropped to 2-6, was led by Dakota Foster with 18 points, followed by Terrell Marshall who added 17 points in the loss.

“We were very quick tonight, and we had a couple different lineups, to get more kids on the floor,” coach Dustin Galyon said. The depth and balance showed on the evening for the Larks as 11 different players scored.

Hesston goes for their fourth straight win on Saturday as they host Southeast Community College (Beatrice, Neb.) at 4 p.m. The Larks beat Southeast by a dozen, 86-74, earlier this month up in Beatrice.

Storm win in Hesston

The Hesston College men’s basketball team fell 96-72 to the Southeast Community College Storm (Beatrice, Neb.) on Saturday night in Hesston. Southeast, looking to avenge their loss to the Larks earlier this year in Nebraska, raced out to a double-digit lead in the first half, as the Larks were unable to make a run to cut into the deficit. The Storm led by as many as 24 points (50-26) in the first half and went into the interval ahead 51-31.

Freshman center Dillon Buchanan (Mountain City, Texas) scored 18 points for the Larks, 16 in the second half. Freshman forward Zac Neely (Ada, Okla.) finished with 15 points, and team scoring leader, point guard, Coye Campbell (Mesquite, Texas), was held to 11 points. The loss takes the Larks to 7-5 overall.

Hesston College men’s basketball returns to floor on Wednesday to close out a busy November schedule. The Larks will entertain Sunrise Christian Academy (Wichita, Kan.). Tipoff from Yost Center is set for 7 p.m.

Balanced scoring leads Larks past Bulldogs

The Hesston College men’s basketball team saw nine different players score in route to a 85-70 win over the McPherson College Bulldogs JV Monday evening at the Yost Center.

The balanced scoring attack was led by freshman point guard Coye Campbell (Mesquite, Texas) with 24 points. Freshman shooting guard Collin Means (Deer Park, Texas) also had a big night for the Larks, scoring 16 points and grabbing 15 rebounds. Forwards Zac Neely (Ada, Okla.) and Heath Agnew (Mountain City, Texas) added 13 and 11 points, respectively. McPherson was led by Tyler Giron’s 17 points.

The Larks tightened down the effort on the defensive end in the second half to further their four point halftime lead. Hesston College pushed the lead to 20, holding on for the comfortable win. The larks held the Bulldogs to 32% shooting from the field.

With the win, Hesston moves to 6-4 overall with two big home games this weekend. The Larks return to action Friday, November 25 for an 8 p.m. tipoff vs. the Bethel College Threshers JV.

Campbell leads Larks past Warriors

Freshman point guard Coye Campbell (Mesquite, Texas) scored a game high 25 points to help lead the Hesston College men’s basketball team past Sterling College JV 97-77.

Campbell set the tone and was aggressive early, sneaking by defenders and muscling his way to the hoop for numerous contested lay ups as the Warriors didn’t seem to have an answer for the shifty guard. His 15 points in the first half helped the Larks to a 49-39 halftime lead.

Freshman guard Collin Means (Deer Park, Texas) found his range, finishing with 19 points, 15 in the first half. Means connected on (five) 3 point field goals to give the Larks a balanced inside-outside scoring punch. Freshman Zac Neely (Ada, Okla.) also hit double figures with 14 points and sophomore Heath Agnew (Mountain City, Texas) added 10 for the Larks. Brondrick Bell led the Warriors with 19 points and Isaac Otrosky added 15, all on 3 pointers, in the loss. With the win, Hesston moves to 4-3 overall.

“We played fundamental basketball, had good ball movement and quality shot selection,” Coach Dustin Galyon said of the team’s performance. “Our defensive intensity was high and we stuck to assignments all night.”

Hesston College men’s basketball will return to Yost Center for a home game on Thursday vs. Northern Oklahoma College-Enid. Tip off is set for 7:30 p.m.

Big first half lifts men’s hoops over Storm

The Hesston College men’s basketball team used a big first half to propel the Larks to a 86-74 win over the Southeast Community College Storm (Beatrice, Nebraska) on Saturday night at Truman Gymnasium.

The Larks shot lights out in the first half, gaining a comfortable double digit lead midway through the frame. Hesston shot 63% from the field, including an astounding 83% from long range. The Storm made a small run late in the first and pulled within nine points at 51-42 at the break but it just wasn’t enough to hang with the sharp shooting Larks.

In the second half, Hesston College cooled off from the field but still managed to outscore the Storm 35-32. Freshman point guard, Coye Campbell (Mesquite, Texas) and forward Zac Neely (Ada, Okla) each scored 25 points leading the offensive output. Campbell was aggressive all game, getting to the bucket and drawing fouls. Neely did his part at the charity stripe as they combined for 26 free throws, making 19. Zac also had a big day on the boards, grabbing 10 rebounds for a double double.

Freshman guard Collin Means (Deer Park, Texas) scored 12 points off the bench and sophomore forward Heath Agnew (Mountain City, Texas) added 10 points to round out the double digit scoring for the Larks. Southeast CC had two players score 13 to lead the scoring in the loss, Taylor Britt and Wesley Nosakhare. Kade Marra added 11. With the win, Hesston College moves to an even 3-3 before a swing of important home games next week.

Next- Hesston College men’s basketball returns to Yost Center for a game with Sterling (Kan.) College JV on Tuesday, Nov. 15. Tip off 7:30 p.m.

Men’s hoops top Braves

The Hesston College men’s basketball team picked up a much needed victory Thursday night over the visiting Ottawa University Braves JV 85-73.

The Larks, who dropped the last three games, started sharp on both ends of the court. Trailing 7-5 early, Hesston responded with an emphatic 15-0 run to go ahead 20-7. They later followed with another 16-3 run getting easy buckets down low and never looked back. Their defense was stifling, leaving the Braves coming up empty on several possessions down the floor. The Larks held the Braves to 25% shooting from the field in the first half (9/36) as they took a commanding 46-25 lead into halftime.

“I’m happy with how hard we played defense in the first half,” Coach Dustin Galyon commented. “We played fundamental basketball tonight and are making strides.”

The bench and team depth performed well as 12 different players scored in the win. The Larks were paced by point guard Coye Campbell (Mesquite, Texas) who had a big night scoring 19 points- all in the first half. Freshman forward Zac Neely (Ada, Okla.) added 16 for the Larks, 11 in the second half. Sophomore center Dillon Buchanon (Boerne, Texas) rounded out the double digit scoring for Hesston with 12 points in the game including a couple of dunks igniting the student section.

In the second half the Braves outscored the Larks 48-39, largely with Larks regulars sitting out. Freshman guard Wyatt Newman (Blue Eye, Mo.) scored 15 points for the Braves.

With the win, Hesston College moves to 2-3 and will travel to Nebraska to take on the Southeast Community College Storm. Tipoff is set for 4 p.m. from Beatrice.

Free Lark basketball and activities as part of Alumni/Community Basketball Night

The Hesston College campus community invites alumni and the public to Alumni/Community Basketball Night, Thursday, Nov. 17, at Yost Center on the Hesston College campus. The event will feature Lark women’s and men’s basketball games, activities, entertainment and fun for the whole family. Admission is free.

The evening will begin at 5:30 p.m., when the Lark women take on Washburn University JV. The Washburn Ichabod JV squad is coached by 2006 Hesston High School and 2008 Hesston College alumnus Todd Stutzman. The men’s game will follow at 7:30 p.m. against Northern Oklahoma-Enid at 7:30 p.m.

Activities include Lark tattoos, candy treats and pop-a-shot fun for kids, concession specials for all and gifts and prizes for high school students from Hesston College Admissions. The Lark women and first-year coach Jeff Jacobs will also be signing team posters.


Men’s basketball drops two games at Cougar Club Classic

The Hesston College men’s basketball team started the Best Western Cougar Booster Club Classic, hosted by Barton Community College in Great Bend, by dropping the first of two games to Washburn University JV 83-70 on Friday night.

The Ichabods raced out to an early lead in the first half and held on for a comfortable 47-34 halftime lead. The Larks pressed more in the second half, but were unable to slice into the lead trading baskets late in the game.

In the second game on Saturday, the Larks lost to the host Barton CC 80-54. After a competitive first half, the Cougars used an 18-0 run in the second half to separate from the Larks.

Freshman guard Cory Holt (Houston, Texas) and forward Zac Neely (Ada, Okla.) led the Larks in scoring with nine each, while sophomore guard Heath Agnew (Mountain City, Texas) pulled down nine boards.

The losses drop the Larks to 1-2 on the early season while the Cougars climb to 3-0. Hesston College men’s basketball returns to the floor Tuesday night when they travel to Hutchinson (Kan.) to play the Blue Dragons. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

Men’s basketball heats up in second half, tops Bethel College

The Hesston College men’s basketball team used a hot shooting second half to knock off the Bethel College Threshers JV 93-70 to open the 2016-17 season.

Five players scoree in double figures for the Larks led by sophomore center Dillon Buchanan’s (Boerne, Texas) 15 points and eight rebounds. Freshman guard Coye Campbell (Mesquite, Texas) connected on two of three from behind the arc leading to 12 points on the night. Sophomore guard Heath Agnew (Mountain City, Texas) and sophomore forward Carson Smith (Baytown, Texas) also scored 12 each, while freshman Zac Neely (Ada, Okla.) added 11 points.

After a lower scoring first half that saw the larks leading at 37-33, Hesston started to clamp down on the defensive side. “Our defensive intensity really picked up which allowed us to get buckets in transition and I thought our half-court execution was far better,” Coach Dustin Galyon commented. Hesston College moved the ball around better in the second half. “We did a far better job of getting the basketball to the open guy at the right time instead of trying to go one on one,” Galyon added. The Larks outscored Threshers 53-36 in the closing stanza.

The depth of the team was proven as two players came off the bench to score 10 + and fourteen players saw the floor in the win.

Hesston College will look to move to 2-0 on the season when they travel to Great Bend on the weekend for the Barton Community College Tournament. The Larks will face Washburn University JV on Friday ,Nov. 4, at 3:30 p.m. followed by the host Barton CC Cougars at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 5.

Men’s Basketball inks Oklahoma talent to 2016 recruiting class

Hesston College men’s basketball coach Dustin Galyon announces Zac Neely, a 6’7” forward from Marietta (Okla.) High School, as the newest member of the Larks program.

Neely averaged 23 points and more than 15 rebounds per game his senior year, earning first-team All-Lake County Conference honors for the second straight season.

An honor roll student, Neely will study finance at Hesston.

“Zac is a great addition to our team and the Hesston College family,” Galyon said. “He has an incredible work ethic and passion for the game. Zac has the ability to score in multiple ways, and his length and toughness will be a major asset for us defensively.”

Neely is the son of Joe and Dusty Neely, Ada, Okla.

Swartzendruber, Hansen honored as Hesston College’s Top Student Athletes

Christy Swartzendruber, a sophomore women’s volleyball player, and Jake Hansen, a sophomore men’s basketball player, were named 2016 male and female Hesston College Student Athletes of the Year at the school’s annual Athletic Banquet.

Swartzendruber, Shickley, Neb., a two-time all-region player and Hesston Volleyball’s all-time leader in digs, was a huge contributor the last two seasons in which the Larks won 21 games each year.

“Playing volleyball at Hesston has allowed me to connect with people and broaden my friend circle,” Swartzendruber said. “Seeing how the community and the students came to support us was amazing. We had amazing team chemistry this year and I’m going to miss all the great times we had.”

Hansen, Effingham, Kan., was twice awarded the team’s Defensive Player of the Year. He contributed over 450 points and 300 rebounds in his career.

“Throughout my two years here I’ve been put in situations that have set me up for success,” Hansen said. “I’ve learned a good work ethic in the classroom and have a have a strong base to work from. The most important take away for me has been the family that I made with my teammates and also the friends I’ve made off the court.”

“Christy had a huge impact on our team on and off the court,” said coach DeeDee Landes. “She is well respected by her teammates and peers and is the epitome of a fantastic Hesston College student athlete.”

“Jake is a winner on and off the floor,” said Hesston coach Dustin Galyon. “He’s played a vital role in elevating our program. Jake was a captain this year and was a big part of our run to the national tournament as a freshman. More importantly, Jake is a phenomenal representative of our program and college. He is a selfless leader who has impacted many on our campus.”

Swartzendruber and Hansen succeed last year’s winners Samantha Rimann, Liberty Hill, Texas, and Malcolm Mann, Plano, Texas.