Sat, Jan. 19, 2013 - [Men's Basketball]
OTTAWA – The Kansas Wesleyan Coyotes had another difficult wall to climb in the second half of their game against the Ottawa Braves on Saturday night at Wilson Fieldhouse. Wesleyan was forced to try to rally from a 16-point second half deficit, but could not get over the top as the Braves held on for a 83-75 win.
Wesleyan led by three points, 37-34, with 5:58 to go in the first half, but the Braves went on an 18-0 run to take a 52-37 lead at the half. 53 percent shooting in the first 20 minutes for the Braves against just 38 percent shooting for the Coyotes was a big teller in the game.
Ottawa built its 16-point lead the last time at the 16:24 mark on a bucket by Corey Smith, but the Coyotes rallied as they have so many times this season, getting within three on Brock Borovetz' triple with 12:30 to go that made it 61-58.
The Coyotes stayed close, but Ottawa built a 7-point margin with 8:09 to go and after the Coyotes cut it back to four at 69-65 with 5:29 to go, Chase Dippel's three gave Ottawa a 74-65 lead with 4:57 left. Ottawa's lead reached 10 points at 78-68 with 3:33 to go, but the Coyotes cut it to six again with 1:35 left on Canon Fields' score.
Joey Long kept the Coyotes within six with 40 second left on a bucket, but that was as close as Wesleyan would get the rest of the way.
The Coyotes jumped out to a 5-0 lead on a three by Michael Johnson and a bucket by Fields, and maintained the lead until the 16 minute mark when Dippel's three tied things up at 7-all. Riley Falk gave Ottawa its first lead with 14:43 to go at 11-10 as the Braves built a 24-16 lead with 12:35 to go on a three by Julian Rose who hit four first half triples.
Fields got the Coyotes back within three with 9:23 to go, and a three by Johnson tied things up at 34 before Fields' go ahead triple with 5:58 to go before the break.
Fields led all scorers in the game with 24 points, while Johnson had 14 and Borovetz 12 as the Coyotes were 28-of-80 from the field for 35 percent. Joey Long had a game high 11 rebounds for the Coyotes, while Fields had eight boards to go along with 7 assists in the game.
Dippel led Ottawa with 19 as five Braves scored in double figures and the Braves shot 31-of-68 from the field for 45.6 percent in the game. Stephen Feighny had a 10 point, 10 rebound double-double for the Braves.
The Coyotes are back at home next week, hosting Southwestern on Wednesday at 8 p.m., before hosting Saint Mary on Saturday in a 4 p.m., start from Mabee Arena.