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Dylan Hidalgo scored the first 10 points of his KWU career in Monday's game against Dakota Wesleyan
Dylan Hidalgo scored the first 10 points of his KWU career in Monday's game against Dakota Wesleyan
Mon, Dec. 17, 2012 - [Men's Basketball]

Another quick start by the opposing team forced the Kansas Wesleyan Coyotes to play catch-up on Monday night as the Coyotes hosted the Dakota Wesleyan Tigers at Mabee Arena. Dakota Wesleyan jumped out to a 12-2 lead and held the Coyotes at arms-length en route to an 85-71 win.

Dakota Wesleyan's Mike Lee gave the Tigers a 12-2 lead with 16:03 left in the first half, forcing the Coyotes to play catch-up again. A three by Canon Fields cut the deficit to seven points with 15:46 to go, but a pair of free throws by Bo LaCroix put the Tigers up 12 with 13:48 to go in the half.

 

The Coyotes answered back with six straight points to cut the lead to six with 12:23 to go on a bucket by Dane Brinker, only to see the Tigers push their lead back out to double digits with 10:51 to go in the half. Jalen Voss cleaned up a miss by Mike Lee with 8:32 to go to put Dakota Wesleyan up 13 and force a KWU timeout.

 

After the break, the Coyotes seemed energized, scoring the next five points to get within eight at 27-19 with 7:20 to go. Another charge by the Tigers increased their lead to 33-19 with 5:08 to go before the break. That's when the Coyotes made their big move. Dylan Hidalgo hit a pair of 3-pointers for the Coyotes, sandwiching a triple by DWU's Danny Maman to cut the deficit to nine, and Brinker scored a layup with 2:43 to go to get the Coyotes back within seven at 36-29.

 

A bucket by Fields with 1:33 to go got the Coyotes within five at 39-33, but Luke Bamberg's bucket with a minute left would send Dakota Wesleyan into the break up 40-33.

 

Voss got Dakota Wesleyan up by nine to open the second half, but four straight points by the Coyotes got then back within five with 18:27 to go in the second half at 42-37. A three-point play by Fields kept the Coyotes within seven at 47-40 with 16:07 to go, when the Tigers would make a decisive 12-2 run to take a 59-42 lead with 13:07 left on a three by Jade Miller.

 

Not about to give in, the Coyotes came charging back, keying on a pair of free throws by Michael Johnson, KWU went on a 21-9 run to get within five points at 68-63 with 5:52 to go in the game on a bucket by Scott Weber.

 

Dakota Wesleyan had an answer, scoring the next nine points to take a 77-63 lead with 4:18 to go and forcing another Coyote timeout. The Coyotes would get back within ten with 3:52 to go, but got no closer as the Tigers built a 83-67 lead with 2:09 left and would hold on for the 14-point win.

 

Fields led all scorers in the game with 23 points for KWU (2-10) and also led the Coyotes with eight rebounds and five assists. Dylan Hidalgo scored the first 10 points of his KWU career tonight as the Coyotes were 28-of-68 from the field for 41.2 percent, but struggled from long range, connecting on just 4-of-16 3-point attempts on the night.

 

Voss led Dakota Wesleyan (7-7) with 21 points and 14 rebounds as four players reached double figures for the Tigers who shot 29-of-66 from the field for 43.9 percent. Bamberg added 11 rebounds as the Tigers dominated the glass 48-29, including a 24-9 advantage in the second half.

 

KWU is off until December 28 when they host the Kansas Wesleyan Classic in Mabee Arena. The Coyotes play Southwestern Christian on December 28 at 8 p.m., before hosting Midland on December 29 at 6 p.m. The Coyotes resume KCAC play on January 3 at Bethel.

 
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