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Fri, Dec. 7, 2012 - [Men's Basketball]

(LIVE VIDEO | LIVE STATS | LIVE AUDIO) The Coyote men's basketball team hosts Friends in the fall semester conference finale on Saturday night at 7 p.m., at Mabee Arena. The Coyotes are hoping to come out on the positive side of the final score after back-to-back heartbreaking losses on the road and are looking to snap their eight-game losing streak in the process.

The game can be heard live in Salina on Classic Hits 104.9 with the "Voices of the Coyotes" Mike Hammett and Justin Dean with the call. Live stats will be available by clicking on the Live Stats link on the KWU Athletics website at www.kwucoyotes.com and live video will be available through the KCAC Digital Network by visiting http://kwucoyotes.ihigh.com. Live updates will also be posted on Twitter (@kwucoyotes) and on Facebook (www.facebook.com/kwucoyotes). 

 
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR KANSAS WESLEYAN
NO.NAMEPPGRPGAPG/SPG
3Dane Brinker (6-1, 175, Jr., G)10.82.6 
4Michael Johnson (6-1, 185, So., G)8.94.5 
10Canon Fields (6-0, 165, Jr., G)21.77.74.9 APG
14Brock Borovetz (6-0, 175, So., G)12.22.4 
50Jeff Schwerdtfager (6-8, 230, Sr., C)3.93.6 
     
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FRIENDS
NONAMEPPGRPGAPG/SPG
3Zach Nelson (6-1. Jr., G)12.93.02.7 APG
12Jacob Simmonds (6-1, So., G)5.65.0 
21Thomas Bland (5-10, Sr., G)5.12.23.1 APG
24Anthony White (6-5, Sr., C)12.48.9 
52Colton Rausch (6-5, Jr., F)15.33.9 

THE SERIES AND LAST MEETING BETWEEN THE TEAMS
Friends leads the all-time series 68-60 and has won three of the last four games in the series. Friends won the last meeting between the teams, a 105-68 decision on February 16. Five Friends players reached double figures as the Falcons shot 56 percent from the field. Former Coyote Ty Dean led the Coyotes with 15 points, while Seth Smith and Dane Brinker had 14 each. Smith also added eight rebounds.

SCOUTING THE COYOTES
The Coyotes are coming off a second straight heartbreaking loss in KCAC play, dropping an 81-79 decision to Saint Mary on Thursday night. Wesleyan led for the last six and a half minutes of the first half and the entire second half until Shiron Williams hit a shot at the buzzer to give the Spires the win.

Wesleyan is 2-8 overall and 0-3 in the KCAC, and has lost its last eight games after opening the season 2-0. Regardless, a much improved squad takes the floor under second year coach Chris Fear. The Coyotes won their first two games of the year over Haskell (Kan.) and Manhattan Christian. Junior transfer guard Canon Fields scored a team season best 37 points against Manhattan Christian and has had a team season  best 16 rebounds in the season opener against Haskell. Fields leads the KCAC in three categories – scoring (21.7), assists (4.9) and steals (2.2).

The Coyotes shoot 40.4 percent as a team from the field and 31.2 percent from 3-point range on the season on the way to scoring 75.5 points per game. Wesleyan also pulls down 34.9 rebounds per game. Fields' 21.7 scoring average leads the Coyotes, and he also leads the team averaging 7.7 rebounds per game. Wesleyan's opponents are scoring 88.2 points per contest while shooting 47.4 percent from the field and 41.1 percent from 3-point range. Opponents are pulling down 44.3 rebounds per game.

Fields is ranked No. 8 in the NAIA in scoring and No. 12 in the country in total points (217). He also ranks No. 20 in assists and No. 32 in steals. The Coyotes rank No. 10 in the country in free throw percentage (.743) and No. 38 in offensive rebounds per game (12.5).

SCOUTING THE FRIENDS FALCONS
Friends is coming off a 91-65 rout of Bethel on Thursday night in North Newton. Colton Rausch had 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Falcons, while Anthony White had 11 points and a team high 16 rebounds in the game. Friends shot 51.4 percent from the field, but struggled at the line, connecting on just 13 of 24 free throw tries.

Tenth year coach Dale Faber, who has a 148-126 career record in nine previous seasons with the Falcons, has Friends at 4-6 on the season and 2-1 in the KCAC after Thursday night's win over Bethel. Colton Rausch leads the Falcons in scoring at 15.3 per game, while Anthony White averages 8.9 rebounds per game to lead Friends. White's 23 points against Bacone (Okla.) is a team season best, while his 16 rebound performance on Thursday night is a new team season best.

The Falcons shoot 42 percent from the field and 36.4 percent from 3-point range on the way to scoring 63.9 points per game. Friends also averages 31 rebounds per game. Falcon opponents are averaging 66.9 points per game and shoots 42.9 percent from the field, but only 29.8 percent from long range.

Rausch ranks No. 8 in the NAIA in 3-pointers made per game (3.444) and No. 11 in the country in 3-point field goal percentage (.500). White ranks No. 16 in the country in field goal percentage (.595) and No. 40 in the country in rebounds per game (8.111). Friends ranks No. 17 in the NAIA in 3-pointers made per game (8.444) and No. 27 in defensive 3-point field goal percentage (.298).

NEXT UP FOR THE COYOTES
Wesleyan is off until December 17 when they host Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) at 7 p.m., in Mabee Arena. The Coyotes are then off for another ten days for the Christmas Break before hosting the Kansas Wesleyan Coyote Classic on December 28 and 29. Wesleyan faces Southwestern Christian on December 28 at 8 p.m., and Midland (Neb.) on December 29 at 6 p.m., at Mabee Arena.

 
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