Fri, Jan. 25, 2013 - [Men's Basketball]
(LIVE VIDEO | LIVE STATS | LIVE AUDIO) Coming off an impressive 88-79 win over Southwestern on Wednesday, the Kansas Wesleyan men look to put together back-to-back wins as the Coyotes host Saint Mary at 4 p.m., inside Mabee Arena. It's a rematch of the December 6 matchup in which Saint Mary hit a shot at the buzzer to win 81-79.
The game can be heard live in Salina on Classic Hits 104.9 with the "Voices of the Coyotes" Mike Hammett and Justin Dean with the call. Live stats will be available by clicking on the Live Stats link on the KWU Athletics website at www.kwucoyotes.com and live video will be available through the KCAC Digital Network by visiting http://kwucoyotes.ihigh.com. Live updates will also be posted on Twitter (@kwucoyotes).
|PROBABLE STARTERS FOR KANSAS WESLEYAN |
|3||Dane Brinker (6-1, 175, Jr., G)||10.3||3.2|| |
|4||Michael Johnson (6-1, 185, So., G)||8.9||5.4|| |
|10||Canon Fields (6-0, 165, Jr., G)||23.4||8.1||5.2 APG|
|14||Brock Borovetz (6-0, 175, So., G)||13.2||3.0|| |
|50||Jeff Schwerdtfager (6-8, 230, Sr., C)||2.8||3.5|| |
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|PROBABLE STARTERS FOR SAINT MARY|
|1||Marc McGory (6-6, 220, Sr., F)||7.5||4.9|| |
|5||Chip Schneider (6-7, 200, Sr., F)||12.3||6.2|| |
|10||Jordan Wilcox (5-11, 160, Sr., G)||14.2||2.2||1.3 SPG|
|20||Shiron Williams (6-2, 195, Jr., G)||8.6||2.5||2.8 APG|
|23||Kevin Harvey (6-2, 240, Sr., G)||10.2||2.6|| |
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THE SERIES AND LAST MEETING BETWEEN THE TEAMS
Saint Mary leads the all-time series 14-13 after the win in the last meeting between the teams. Saint Mary won the previous meeting between the teams 81-79 in Leavenworth on Shiron Williams' jumper at the buzzer to give the Spires the win. Wesleyan was in control for a majority of the game, taking the lead with 6:25 to go in the first half and not relinquishing it until the final shot. Saint Mary tied the game on free throws by Jordan Wilcox when he slipped and fell down, but Dane Brinker was called for a foul on the play. Wesleyan led by as many as ten points, the last time with 15 minutes left, but didn't score in the final three minutes of the game. Canon Fields led all scorers in the game with 24 points, while Michael Johnson, who was fresh off his 30 point performance against Southwestern, had a 16 point, 10 rebound double-double for the Coyotes. Marc McGory led Saint Mary with 22 points and nine rebounds as the Spires shot twice as many free throws as Wesleyan in the second half and 15 more in the game.
SCOUTING THE COYOTES
The Coyotes are 6-15 overall and 3-8 in the KCAC after another close after Wednesday's 88-79 win over Southwestern. Brock Borovetz poured in a career high 27 points, hitting 8-of-12 3-pointers in the game, while Canon Fields scored 26 and completed the double-double with 10 rebounds. The Coyotes hit 7-of-10 triples in the second half, and 11-of-22 overall while shooting 55.2 percent in the second half and 41.9 percent for the game. William Tisdale led Southwestern with 17 points and Cameron Clark had a 14 point, 14 rebound double-double.
The Coyotes won their first two games of the year over Haskell (Kan.) and Manhattan Christian. After a ten game losing streak, the Coyotes have gone 4-5, including picking up KCAC wins over Bethel, Bethany and Southwestern. 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 (23.4), assists (5.2) and steals (2.5).
The Coyotes shoot 40.4 percent as a team from the field and 33 percent from 3-point range on the season on the way to scoring 76.3 points per game. Wesleyan also pulls down 37.2 rebounds per game. Fields' 23.4 scoring average leads the Coyotes, and he also leads the team averaging 8.1 rebounds per game. Wesleyan's opponents are scoring 82.6 points per contest while shooting 44 percent from the field and 35.7 percent from 3-point range. Opponents are pulling down 44.9 rebounds per game.
Wesleyan ranks No. 7 in NAIA Division II in free throw percentage (.735), No. 21 in turnover margin (2.714), No. 24 in offensive rebounds per game (12.667), No. 36 in steals per game (8.381), No. 38 in scoring offense (76.286), No. 39 in total 3-pointers made (7.238), No. 45 in steals (176) and No. 47 in total 3-pointers made (152).
Fields ranks No. 3 in the country in scoring average (23.429) and total points (492). He also ranks No. 12 in total steals (52), No. 13 in steals average (2.476) and assist average (5.19), No. 16 in total assists (109), No. 18 in defensive rebounds per game (6.19), No. 32 in rebounding average (8.143) and total rebounds (171), No. 47 in free throw percentage (.781) and No. 50 in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.982). Borovetz ranks No. 16 in total 3-pointers made (59), No. 17 in 3-pointers made per game (2.810) and No. 38 in 3-point percentage (.428). Joey Long ranks No. 29 in total blocks (28) and No. 31 in block average (1.333).
SCOUTING THE SAINT MARY SPIRES
Saint Mary is ranked No. 23 in the latest NAIA Division II Men's Basketball Top 25 Coaches' Poll released earlier this week. The Spires are 16-5 overall and bring an unblemished 11-0 KCAC record into Saturday's game with the Coyotes. Saint Mary defeated Friends on Wednesday 71-57 led by Shiron Williams' 18 points, while Chip Schneider had 15 and Jordan Wilcox added 12. Saint Mary shot 58.5 percent from the field in the game and out rebounded Friends 32-22 in the game. Joe Mitchell had 16 for Friends and Colton Rausch had 13 as the Falcons shot just 37 percent from the field.
Jordan Wilcox leads Saint Mary in scoring, averaging 14.5 points per game, while Jeb Greenberg is Saint Mary's leading rebounder averaging 6.8 per contest. Greenberg has not played in Saint Mary's last two games. The Spires shoot 46.9 percent from the field and 37.4 percent from 3-point rangre while scoring 77.7 points per game and pulling down 36.4 rebounds per game. Wilcox has scored a team season best 31 points twice, against Ozarks (Mo.) on November 1 and against Haskell on December 15. Greenberg's 16 rebounds against Baker on November 9 is a team season best. Saint Mary's opponents are shooting 41.8 percent from the field and 32.9 percent from 3-point range, while averaging 68.1 points and 34.4 rebounds per game.
Saint Mary ranks No. 23 in NAIA Division II in 3-point field goal percentage (.374), No. 25 in overall field goal percentage (.469), No. 28 in scoring margin (9.524), No. 29 in scoring offense (77.667), No. 30 in steal average (8.571), No. 31 in 3-pointers made per game (7.571), No. 35 in field goal percentage defense (.418), No. 36 in total 3-pointers made (159), No. 39 in turnover margin (1.0), No. 41 in steals (180) and total rebound defense (34.429), No. 42 in scoring defense (68.143) and points scored (1631), No. 47 in defensive rebounds per game (26.476), No. 49 in assists (300) and assist average (14.286) and No. 50 in 3-point field goal percentage defense (.329).
Jordan Wilcox leads the NAIA in free throw percentage (.884) and also ranks No. 15 in total 3-pointers made (60), No. 16 in 3-pointers per game (2.857) and No. 39 in 3-point percentage (.426). Chip Schneider ranks No. 41 in defensive rebounds per game (5.25) and Kevin Harvey ranks No. 42 in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.045).
NEXT UP FOR THE COYOTES
Wesleyan heads back on the road next Thursday to Wichita to take on Friends, before returning home to take on Bethel next Saturday at Mabee Arena.