Men’s Basketball News Archive 2016-2017

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.

Former Hesston standout wins Nat’l Title with buzzer beater

Hesston College 2015 graduate and former men’s basketball point guard Malcolm Mann has once again lead his team to new heights. Now a starting junior guard for Mid-America Christian University (Oklahoma City, Okla.), Mann scored 23 points, including a dramatic game-winning buzzer-beater, to lift the Evangels to a thrilling 100-99 overtime win in the March 22 NAIA national championship game.

Hesston basketball fans remember Mann well, of course. As a sophomore in 2014-15 he spearheaded a ferocious Hesston defense that lead the Larks to the NJCAA Region VI championship and a spot in the national tournament. Mann averaged 8.6 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game, often guarded opponents’ top scorers, and served as the Larks’ team captain.

Mann’s accomplishments on the Hesston campus were by no means limited to the hardwood. Following his sophomore season, the Plano, Texas native was named Student Athlete of the Year by the school’s athletic department, an award reserved for students who, in addition to athletic success, show strong contributions to the campus community and represent the institution well outside of athletics.

“I love everything about Malcolm,” said Hesston coach Dustin Galyon. “His leadership continues to make history, and our program and Hesston College couldn’t be more proud of him.”

It seems Mann’s well-rounded contributions, along with his basketball skills, transferred smoothly to his new surroundings.

“Malcolm has an outstanding campus presence and serves as a spiritual leader for our team,” said Mid-America Christian coach Josh Gamblin. “He’s our most important player and does so much to tie our guys together.”

Larks take down seventh-ranked Johnson County in OT

The Hesston College men’s basketball team continued its late season surge with a thrilling 100-93 overtime win at seventh-ranked Johnson County CC (Overland Park, Kan.).

Aubrey Johnson (Mustang, Okla.) scored a game-high 33 points off the bench to lead the way. Johnson connected on an impressive 9-of-12 from beyond the arc. Jake Hansen (Effingham, Kan.) scored 20 and Ty Jordan (Houston, Texas) added 15 points and seven assists. Jontray Harris (Austin, Texas) contributed 14 points and eight boards off the bench.

The Larks’ bench outscored JC reserves 59-8. Hesston outrebounded the Cavaliers 41-38. For the game, Hesston shot a scorching 48.6 percent (18-of-37) from three-point range.

The effort gives Hesston a three-game winning streak heading into Region VI postseason play, a 3 p.m. matchup at Brown Mackie College (Salina, Kan.).

Larks get defensive in huge home win

The Hesston College men’s basketball notched its second straight Region VI win on Monday, Feb. 22, besting Kansas City Kansas CC 60-51 behind another strong second-half defensive effort.

Tied at 27 after the first half, the Hesston defense limited KCK to 31.3 percent from the floor in the final 20 minutes to grind out the win. The Larks out-rebounded KCK 37-34.

Ty Jordan (Houston, Texas) scored a game-high 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Jordan connected on 4-of-7 from beyond the arc. Cody Halvorson (Temple, Texas) added 14 points and pulled down 10 boards, while Dylan Buchanan (Boerne, Texas) added eight points, three rebounds and three blocks.

The win moves Hesston to 17-11 overall and 5-6 in region play with the regular season finale upcoming at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 24.

Larks snap skid with monster second half

The Hesston College men’s basketball team got back in the win column following an impressive 75-54 win at Highland (Kan.) CC on Saturday, Feb. 20.

Tied at 28 after the first half, the Larks exploded for 47 points in the final 20 minutes while the Hesston defense put the clamps on Highland and cruised to the win.

Hesston improves to 16-11 on the year and 4-6 in Region VI play. The Larks host Kansas City Kansas CC on Monday, Feb. 22.

Hesston storms back for huge Region VI win

Interviewed by Hesston’s play-by-play announcer Rusty Whitcher, recorded by Athletic Director Rob Ramseyer.

The Hesston College men’s basketball team earned a hard-fought 86-79 win at home over Highland (Kan.) CC on Wednesday, Jan. 27, improving the Larks to 15-6 on the year.

Down 40-32 at the break, the Hesston offense poured in 54 second-half points to improve to 3-1 in Region VI play. The Larks shot 48.6 percent from the floor after intermission.

Cody Halvorson (Temple, Texas) connected on four treys and finished with a game-high 22 points, while Aubrey Johnson (Mustang, Okla.) added 21 points.

Ty Jordan had 15 points and three steals. Grant Gullett (Pflugerville, Texas) logged another solid effort with 13 points and eight rebounds.

Sitting in a four-way tie for first place in the region, Hesston welcomes rival Johnson County CC (Overland Park) to Yost Center for a huge matchup that could have big post-season implications. The game tips at 4 p.m.

Hesston on cloud nine with another win

The Hesston College men’s basketball saw its win streak reach nine with a 92-89 road win at the Larks’ rival Brown Mackie College (Salina) on Saturday, Jan. 16.

The Larks connected on 46.9 percent (30-of-64) of its shots from the floor and went 24-of-31 (77.4 percent) from the line in the win.

Jontray Harris (Austin, Texas) enjoyed a monster day with 24 points, 16 boards and three steals. Grant Gullett (Pflugerville, Texas) had an efficient 5-of-6 night from the floor and grabbed seven rebounds.

Cody Halverson (Temple, Texas) was good on 5-of-7 long balls and finished with 20 points. Ty Jordan (Houston, Texas) added 17 points.

Hesston, now 14-5 on the year and 2-0 in Region VI play, travels to Ft. Scott (Kan.) CC for a 7:30 p.m. tip on Wednesday, Jan. 20.

Larks top Labette as win streak reaches eight

The Hesston College men’s basketball continued its mid-season surge with a 78-75 home win over Labette CC (Parsons, Kan.) to open Region VI action on Wednesday night, Jan. 13.

The Larks trailed late in the first half before charging to the break with a 36-32 advantage. The teams battled back and forth throughout a tight second half, with Labette missing an open three-point attempt with 3 seconds left that secured the win for Hesston.

Grant Gullett (Pflugerville, Texas) connected on 9-of-12 from the floor for 20 points to lead Hesston’s offense. Gullett also pulled down a team-high 13 boards for the double-double.

Jontray Harris (Austin, Texas) added 15 counters, Cody Halverson (Temple, Texas) scored 12 and Jake Hansen (Effingham, Kan.) contributed 11 points and seven rebounds for the Larks.

Now 13-5 on the year, Hesston looks to move to 2-0 in Region VI play when the Larks travel to Salina, Kan., to take on rival Brown Mackie College at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 16.

Harris, Gullett lead Hesston to sixth straight win

The Hesston College men’s basketball team kicked off the new year in style with an 84-73 win over McPherson (Kan.) College JV on Thursday, Jan. 7. The Larks sixth straight win improves HC to 11-5.

A pair of Hesston players recorded double-doubles to fuel the win. Jontray Harris (Austin, Texas) finished with a team-high 23 points and 13 boards while Grant Gullett (Pflugerville, Texas) added a dozen points and 10 rebounds. Michael Lindauer (Sugar Land, Texas) chipped in with 12 points.

The Larks raced to a commanding 47-20 halftime lead on the strength of a suffocating defense that held the McPherson JV offense to 21.2 percent from the floor in the first 20 minutes. Hesston held a 39-33 edge in rebounds for the game.

Hesston looks to keep the momentum rolling with a 2 p.m. home game against Friends University JV (Wichita, Kan.) on Saturday, Jan. 9.

Offense carries Hesston to five-game win streak

The Hesston College men’s basketball team won a heart-pounding 101-100 Region VI tilt with Pratt (Kan.) CC on Monday, Dec. 7. Winners of five straight, the Larks are 10-5.

Hesston opened with a three-point barrage, hitting on 12-of-22 (54.5 percent) from beyond the arc in the first half to take a 53-45 lead at the break. The long-range shooting got even better in the second half and the Larks’ final tally stood at 19-of-34 (58.3 percent) from three.

Cody Halverson (Temple, Texas) scored 23 points. Ty Jordan (Houston, Texas) had 22 points and eight assists, and Jontray Harris added 21 counter and grabbed ten boards. Each of the the three connected on five treys.

Grant Gullett (Pflugerville, Texas) added 12 points on 5-of-9 shooting, while Aubrey Johnson (Mustang, Okla.) scored 10 off the bench.

Hesston closes the first semester on high note and awaits a Jan. 7 (Thurs) date versus McPherson (Kan.) College JV.

Hesston tops century mark; pushes win-streak to four

The Hesston College men’s basketball team scored 67 in the first half en route to a 111-71 blowout win at Ottawa (Kan.) University JV on Saturday, Dec. 5.

Jontray Harris (Austin, Texas) poured in a game-high 25 points and grabbed 10 boards for the double-double. Grant Gullett (Pflugerville, Texas) and Zach Galyon (Lyons, Kan.) added 14 points each. Heath Agnew (Mountain City, Texas) scored 10 points and pulled down 12 rebounds for a double-double of his own.

The Larks blazed to a 37-point lead by connecting on 25-of-42 first half shots (59.5 percent), including hitting on 8-of-13 from three-point range.

Riding a four-game win streak, Hesston hosts Pratt (Kan.) CC for a 7pm tip on Monday, December 7.

Hesston wins third straight

The Hesston College men’s basketball team drubbed Southwestern College JV (Winfield, Kan.) 96-74 on Wednesday, Dec. 2, earning its third straight win and fifth win in its last six games.

Jontray Harris (Austin, Texas) enjoyed another big night, as the redshirt freshman scored a game-high 22 points on 8-of-15 shooting, including 4-of-7 from beyond the arc. Harris added seven boards. Ty Jordan (Houston, Texas) scored a dozen points, and freshman guard Aubrey Johnson (Mustang, Okla.) contributed 16 points off the bench on 6-of-9 shooting (2-of-3 from three-point attempts).

The Larks held a 46-34 edge in rebounding and build a 45-35 lead at halftime.

Hesston, now 8-5 on the year, looks to make it four in a row with a trip to Ottawa (Kan.) University JV on Saturday, Dec. 5. The teams tip at 2 p.m.

Larks roll over Bethel JV

The Hesston College men’s basketball team notched a 89-61 win over Bethel College JV (North Newton, Kan.) on Monday, Nov. 30, upping its record to 7-5.

Jontray Harris (Austin, Texas) led the Larks with 19 points on 9-of-15 shooting. Ty Jordan (Houston, Texas) added 17 from the point, while sophomore shooting guard Cody Halverson (Temple, Texas) scored 15. Aubrey Johnson (Mustang, Okla.) added 14 points off the bench.

The Larks never trailed in the contest and took a 45-37 lead into the break. Hesston led by as many as 31 in the second half and held a 43-34 rebounding advantage for the game. The visiting Threshers were held to 32.1 percent (25-of-78) from the floor.

Hesston hosts Southwestern College JV (Winfield, Kan.) for a 7 p.m. tip on Wednesday, Dec. 2.

Big first half carries Larks to road win

The Hesston College men’s basketball team downed Kansas Wesleyan University JV (Salina, Kan.) 90-73 on Tuesday, Nov. 17, improving the Larks to 5-4 on the year.

Hesston went 23-of-36 (63.9 percent) from the floor in the first 20 minutes to race to a 56-35 lead. Ty Jordan (Houston, Texas) led the way with 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting. Cody Halvorson (Temple, Texas) and Aubrey Johnson (Mustang, Okla.) added 14 and 13 points, respectively. Heath Agnew (Mountain City, Texas) enjoyed an efficient 4-of-4 day from the floor, including three treys, to finish with 11 points. Brian Allen (Houston, Texas) added 10.

The Larks shot over 60 percent from the floor for the game (37-of-61) while holding the Coyotes to a 38.2 percent (26-of-68) showing. Hesston won the battle of the boards, 40 to 33, and early in the second half extended its lead to 67-38.

Hesston travels to Barton CC (Great Bend, Kan.) for a 7:30 p.m. tip on Friday, Nov. 20.