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Poor second half sinks Braves

The Herald Staff

The second half turned sour for the Ottawa University men’s basketball team.

The Braves came out slow to start the second half and never got going in a 90-78 loss Saturday to Bethel College in North Newton.

Ottawa (2-2, 0-2) have lost two straight games since returning from a 33-day layoff because of the pandemic.

The first half was back-and-forth. Ottawa led 18-15, but the Threshers rallied for a 29-25 lead with 6:29 remaining.

Bethel led 42-40 at halftime and opened the second half with a 7-0 spurt to take a 49-40 lead.

Bethel controlled play throughout the second half.

Ottawa shot 46.8 percent from the floor. Perry Carroll scored a career-high 27 points on 10-for-17 shooting from the floor. Joe Johnson III finished the game with 12 points.

Jaquan Daniels and Ian Moore scored 11 points apiece.

Ottawa will have a busy week ahead with three games. Ottawa played a rescheduled game Monday in Salina against Kansas Wesleyan. Ottawa returns home Wednesday against Friends and plays Saturday at Sterling.