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PHOTOS: Bethel basketball teams sweep home opener doubleheader

Royal cagers score wins over River Falls and Crown

By Jared Martinson

Second half turns close game into comfortable victory for women’s basketball

Plenty of Bethel community members headed home for Thanksgiving weekend on Tuesday, but the Robertson Center gym was packed for the first hoops action of the season.

The Bethel women’s team defeated UW-River Falls by a score of 62-47, using a 14-0 run in the third quarter to cushion their lead. Senior center Hannah Johnson showed her interior dominance again with an 18-point, 15-rebound performance while junior forward Taite Anderson added 16 points. The women are 3-0 for the first time since 2013-14.

Coach Jon Herbrechtsmeyer’s squad travels to play a conference game against Augsburg next Wednesday.

Jenson paces another balanced attack as men’s team runs away from Crown

Jack Jenson scored 20 points to lead the Bethel men’s team past Crown College by a score of 100-79. The junior guard displayed a variety of post moves and drives to the bucket on his way to leading Bethel in scoring. Three more players scored in double figures: Derek Magnuson had 19, Granger Kingland 17 and Hudson Urbanus 13.

A close first half was put away easily by the Royals and their shooting prowess. After a 1-9 performance beyond the arc in the first frame, Bethel caught fire with Kingland and freshman Zach Korba knocking down multiple treys each to pad the lead up to the final buzzer.

Bethel stays at home and will face UW-La Crosse in a Saturday matinee at 3 p.m. on November 24.

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Junior forward Taite Anderson drives middle against a River Falls defender. Anderson scored 16 points in the game. | Photo by Ally O’Neil
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Sophomore guard Bella Williams wreaks havoc on the perimeter and takes a steal the other way on a fast break. | Photo by Laura Osterlund
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Coach Jon Herbrechtsmeyer consults his team during a timeout. | Photo by Ally O’Neil
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Senior center Hannah Johnson goes up for a shot with the left hand against River Falls. Johnson posted her second double-double of the season on Tuesday. | Photo by Ally O’Neil
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The Bethel Royals women’s basketball team huddles in the center circle after a 62-47 win on Tuesday. The Royals are 3-0 on the young season. | Photo by Ally O’Neil
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Junior forward Granger Kingland attacks the hoop for a reverse layup on Tuesday against Crown College. Kingland recorded a double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds. | Photo by Laura Osterlund
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Sophomore forward Zeke Carver-Bagley drives the lane against a Crown defender. | Photo by Laura Osterlund
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Senior center Derek Magnuson scores on a hook shot. Magnuson eclipsed 1,000 career points over the weekend and followed it up with 19 more on Tuesday. | Photo by Laura Osterlund
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Coach Doug Novak converses with his lineup during a timeout. Bethel is 2-1 on the season, looking to continue their strong play that has resulted in consecutive MIAC championship appearances. | Photo by Ally O’Neil

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