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Dane Brinker celebrates Wesleyan's 60-57 win over Bethany on Saturday night in Mabee Arena
Dane Brinker celebrates Wesleyan's 60-57 win over Bethany on Saturday night in Mabee Arena
Sun, Jan. 13, 2013 - [Men's Basketball]

Canon Fields scored 19 of his game high 28 points as the Kansas Wesleyan Coyotes rallied to knock off archrival Bethany College 60-57 on Saturday night at Mabee Arena.

 

Fueled by a boisterous and supportive crowd, the Coyotes rallied from a 9-point deficit in the second half and another 7-point deficit later in the final stanza for the victory which capped a 4-0 day for the Coyotes against the Swedes as Wesleyan won both JV games and the women's varsity game as well earlier in the day.

Adam Heald gave Bethany a 36-27 lead with 18:03 to go in the second half, and held that lead for the Swedes with free throws with 17:18 to go at 38-29. Back came the diligent Coyotes, who scored the next eight points to get within one with 14:57 left on a pair of free throws by Fields.

 

Ray Purtle scored for Bethany, but the Coyotes got a bucket by Joey Long and then another score by Fields to take the lead for the first time in the game with 12:54 to go at 41-40. Purtle hit a three for Bethany to get the Swedes back on track as Bethany built a 48-41 lead with 10:41 to go.

 

The Coyotes weren't about to lose to the rival Swedes on this night as Fields scored on Wesleyan's next possession and Michael Johnson's three with 7:31 left tied things up at 48-all. Danny Dodson's free throws kept Bethany ahead, but an old school 3-point play by Long put the Coyotes back ahead at 51-50 with 4:20 left.

 

Bethany regained a 54-51 lead with 2:52 left on a bucket by Dodson, but a three by Fields tied things up with 2:36 left and a huge defensive stand culminated by a block and rebound by Long on Bethany's next possession turned things in favor of the Coyotes as Dane Brinker scored with 1:51 left giving the Coyotes the lead for good.

 

Fields gave Wesleyan a 58-54 lead with 1:09 to go and sealed the win with a jumper from the elbow with 13 seconds left. After a Bethany timeout, the Swedes had a pair of looks at a game-tying three, but Purtle's shot was off the back iron, Jordan Bieberle's shot was short and Trey Beachum could not get a shot off before the final buzzer as the Coyotes came away with the win.

 

Bethany raced out to a 13-4 lead to open the game after back to back triples by Purtle and Dwight Abad for the Swedes, but Wesleyan scored the next six points to get within three with 14:08 to go in the first half. Michael Johnson's bucket with 13:15 left got Wesleyan within one, but Bethany countered with an 8-0 run to take a 21-12 lead with 10:24 to go.

 

Purtle gave Bethany its first double digit lead at 25-14 with 7:48 to go, but Wesleyan got no closer than six the rest of the half, the last time coming with 2:39 to go on Dylan Hidalgo's free throws that made it 28-22.

 

Brock Borovetz hit a shot with 28 seconds left to send the teams into the break with Bethany leading 32-25.

 

Jeff Schwerdtfager scored the first points of the second half for the Coyotes before Bethany built the 9-point margin with 18:03 to go.

 

Fields had a game high 28 points and was the only Coyote in double figures as Wesleyan was 21-of-62 from the field for 33.9 percent. Johnson had nine and just missed a double-double with 10 rebounds, while Long added nine points and seven rebounds and had three huge blocks on defense for the Coyotes.

 

Purtle had 22 to lead Bethany who shot 19-of-68 from the field for just 27.9 percent. Bethany was 6-of-37 from 3-point range for 16.2 percent. Bieberle and Dodson had eight rebounds each for the Swedes.

 

Wesleyan wraps the first half of KCAC play on next Wednesday when they head to Tabor for a 6 p.m. tip in Hillsboro. The second half of KCAC play starts Saturday when the Coyotes head to Ottawa. Wesleyan returns home next Wednesday against Southwestern.

  
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