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Sun, Dec. 16, 2012 - [Men's Basketball]

(LIVE VIDEO | LIVE STATSThe Kansas Wesleyan Coyotes step out of conference play for the next three games starting Monday night when the Coyotes host the Dakota Wesleyan Tigers at 7 p.m., at Mabee Arena. It is the final game for the Coyotes before the Christmas break when KWU resumes play in the Kansas Wesleyan Coyote Classic on December 28 and 29 at Mabee Arena.

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3Dane Brinker (6-1, 175, Jr., G)9.82.6 
4Michael Johnson (6-1, 185, So., G) APG
10Canon Fields (6-0, 165, Jr., G) APG
14Brock Borovetz (6-0, 175, So., G)13.12.3 
50Jeff Schwerdtfager (6-8, 230, Sr., C)3.54.5 
4Mike Lee (5-10, 180, Sr., G)12.72.0 
14Danny Maman (6-4, 190, Jr., G)7.25.9 
20Luke Bamberg (6-6, 190, So., F)4.85.7 
24Aireus Stephenson (6-1, 175, Sr., G) APG
30Jalen Voss (6-7, 240, So., F)13.59.5 

The two Wesleyans have only met one prior time, last season, in a 74-73 win for KWU in the Dakota Wesleyan Classic at the Corn Palace in Mitchel, S.D. Dane Brinker hit a 3-pointer as time expired to give the Coyotes the win. Keon Jones had 12 points to lead KWU that night, while Seth Smith and Brinker had ten each.

The Coyotes have lost nine straight contests and are 2-9 on the season heading into Monday's game.

KWU is coming off a 75-62 loss to Friends last Saturday in Salina. Canon Fields had 25 and Brock Borovetz had a career high 22 points for the Coyotes, who shot 39.7 percent from the field. Anthony White led Friends with 25 points and 10 rebounds, while Zach Nelson had 20 points. Wesleyan played even with the Falcons for 32 minutes in the game after falling behind 19-6 to start the contest.

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 (22.0), assists (4.5) and steals (2.2).

The Coyotes shoot 40.3 percent as a team from the field and 32.2 percent from 3-point range on the season on the way to scoring 74.3 points per game. Wesleyan also pulls down 34.7 rebounds per game. Fields' 22.0 scoring average leads the Coyotes, and he also leads the team averaging 7.6 rebounds per game. Wesleyan's opponents are scoring 87.0 points per contest while shooting 47.7 percent from the field and 41.5 percent from 3-point range. Opponents are pulling down 43.0 rebounds per game.

Fields is ranked No. 7 in the NAIA in scoring and No. 21 in the country in total points (217). He also ranks No. 31 in assists and No. 35 in steals. The Coyotes rank No. 4 in the country in free throw percentage (.750) and No. 30 in offensive rebounds per game (12.72).

The Dakota Wesleyan Tigers come to Salina fresh off a 75-72 upset win over No. 8 ranked Doane (Neb.) on Saturday night in Mitchell. DWU's Luke Bamberg blocked a potential game-tying 3-pointer by Doane's Dominique Smith at the buzzer to secure the win for the Tigers. Mike Lee led the Tigers with 21 points, while Aireus Stephenson had 15 and Bamberg had eight rebounds.

Dakota Wesleyan is 6-7 overall and 3-4 in the GPAC after Saturday's win. Forward Jalen Voss leads the Tigers in scoring and rebounding, averaging 13.5 points and 9.5 boards per game. Three of the five starters for the Tigers score in double figures as Mike Lee averages 12.7 points and Aireus Stephenson averages 12.4 points per game. Bo LaCroix had a season best 27 points for DWU on November 3 against Oglala Lakota College and Voss had a season best 14 rebounds for the Tigers on November 10 against Dakota State (S.D.).

The Tigers are averaging 75.5 points per game, while holding their opponents to 71.9. Dakota Wesleyan shoots 47.7 percent from the field as a team and 32.6 percent from 3-point range. The Tigers average 38.5 rebounds per game while holding their opponents to just 33.9 boards a night. DWU opponents shoot 43.5 percent from the field and 34.3 percent from 3-point range.

Dakota Wesleyan ranks No. 21 in the NAIA in field goal percentage and No. 25 in the NAIA in rebounding margin (+5.917). Voss ranks No. 8 in the NAIA in rebounding average (9.9) and No. 12 in both defensive rebounds (6.75) and total rebounds (119). He also ranks No. 13 in blocks (22), No. 14 in field goal percentage (.595) and No. 15 in blocks average (1.833). Lee ranks No. 24 in the NAIA in free throw percentage (.829).

Kansas Wesleyan is off for 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. The Coyotes step back into KCAC play on January 3 at Bethel and on January 5 at Sterling before returning home to face McPherson on January 10.

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