Fri, Jan. 11, 2013 - [Men's Basketball]
It was a rough night for the Kansas Wesleyan men's basketball team as they took on McPherson College on Thursday night at Mabee Arena. McPherson entered Thursday' contest winless in KCAC play at 0-6, but were able to come away with a 73-66 win over the Coyotes.
Wesleyan zoomed out of the gates, jumping out to a 9-2 lead on a free throw by Canon Fields, and would lead by as many as 13 at 20-7 with 6:38 to go in the first half.
Fields, the defending NAIA National Player of the Week, put the Coyotes up by 13 again with 5:07 to go in the half when McPherson made a run at the Coyotes. A bucket by Darius Hill got the Bulldogs back within six with 3:13 to go, and a pair of Hill free throws just before the break would send Wesleyan into the half leading by just three at 27-24.
Neither team shot the ball well in the first half, as the Coyotes shot just 30 percent, while McPherson converted juts 27.6 percent of its first half tries.
Mason Hewitt tied the game for McPherson with 18:05 to go, but the Coyotes responded with a 10-1 run to take a 42-33 lead with 13:47 left on a bucket by Joey Long. McPherson answered back, tying things up with 11:32 to go and taking its first lead of the night with 9:34 to go on a bucket by Jake Reinhardt.
Wesleyan was never able to recover as McPherson build a 7-point lead with 4:01 to go and would lead by as many as 11 with 42 second left on a pair of free throws by Adam Bruner.
The Coyotes made things interesting in the final minute, getting within four with 13.1 seconds left on a bucket by Fields, but the Bulldogs would hit their free throws down the stretch to come away with the 73-66 win.
Dane Brinker and Fields led the Coyotes with 15 each while Borovetz pitched in 14 as Wesleyan was 22-of-62 from the field for 35.5 percent and just 5-of-18 from 3-point range for 27.8 percent. Michael Johnson and Fields led the Coyotes with seven rebounds each.
Hewitt and Shivers had 18 each to lead McPherson while Hill had a 16 point, 15 rebound double-double. McPherson was 25-of-59 from the field for 42.4 percent after shooting 56.7 percent in the second half.
The Coyotes are at home on Saturday, hosting rival Bethany College at 7 p.m., in Mabee Arena. Wesleyan heads back on the road next Wednesday to Hillsboro to take on conference leading Tabor before starting the second half of KCAC play next Saturday at Ottawa.