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Michael Johnson drives in for a bucket in the first half of Wesleyan's 83-79 loss to Saint Mary on Saturday
Michael Johnson drives in for a bucket in the first half of Wesleyan's 83-79 loss to Saint Mary on Saturday
Sat, Jan. 26, 2013 - [Men's Basketball]

It was raining three's on Saturday afternoon at Mabee Arena as the Kansas Wesleyan Coyotes faced No. 23 ranked Saint Mary. Both teams combined for 62 long range shots, making a total of 26 as the Spires held off a rally by the Coyotes for an 83-79 win.


Just like they have done so many times before this season, Wesleyan had to rally from a substantial second half deficit, only to come up just short. Jordan Wilcox put Saint Mary ahead by 16 points at 61-45 with 12:35 to go. Wilcox drained nine 3-pointers on the night, taking 20 shots all from long range in the game.

Wesleyan started its rally after Wilcox' triple, outscoring the Spires 13-1 over the next 4 and a half minutes to get back within four at 62-58 with 8:04 to go when Canon Fields cleaned up a miss by Brock Borovetz. Saint Mary pushed its lead back out to 10 points at 70-60 with 4:02 to go. A three by Dylan Hidalgo got the Coyotes back within six with 2:48 left, and a three point play by Fields with 1:23 to go got Wesleyan within five at 77-72.


Saint Mary had a six point lead on Jeb Greenberg's free throws with 30 seconds left, but Hidalgo's bucket with five seconds left made things interesting, getting the Coyotes back within two at 81-79. Kevin Harvey sunk a pair of free throws with 3.2 seconds left to seal the victory for the Spires, keeping them unbeaten in KCAC play at 12-0.


The Spires jumped out to a 9-0 lead on three 3-pointers, two by Wilcox and one by Harvey, only to see the Coyotes answer back with their own 9-0 run on three 3-pointers by Dane Brinker, Borovetz and Michael Johnson with 16:18 to go in the first half.


Saint Mary took a seven point lead with 12:33 lead, but the Coyotes stayed close, getting back within four, the last time at the 8:36 mark at 21-17 on Fields' layup. Saint Mary built a 15-point lead with 6:28 to go on Jeb Greenberg's three point play. Wesleyan got within eight with 1:51 to go before the break on a triple by Fields.


Saint Mary led 41-34 at the half, but Brinker hit a three to open the scoring in the second half to get the Coyotes within four at 41-37 with 18:45 to go. A three by Wilcox put Saint Mary ahead 49-39 with 17 minutes left, but Hidalgo's bucket got the Coyotes back within six before a 10-0 run by the Spires put them up 16 with 12:35 left.


Fields led the Coyotes with 23 points, nine rebounds and seven assists in the game, while Brinker added 17 and Hidalgo had a career high 15 points as Wesleyan was 25-of-63 from the field for 39.7 percent. For the second straight game the Coyotes had more assists than turnovers, dishing out 15 helpers against 12 turnovers.


Wilcox had 27 points, all coming on 3-pointers, while Harvey added 15 and Chip Schneider had 12 points and 13 rebounds for the Spires. Saint Mary was 25-of-70 from the field for 35.7 percent. Over half of Saint Mary's field goal tries were 3-pointers as they were 16-of-39 from 3-point range for 41 percent.


Wesleyan heads to Wichita on Thursday to take on Friends at 8 p.m., at the Garvey Center before returning home next Saturday to take on Bethel College at 7 p.m., at Mabee Arena.

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