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.