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Wed, Jan. 30, 2013 - [Men's Basketball]

(LIVE VIDEO | LIVE STATS | LIVE AUDIO) The Kansas Wesleyan Men's basketball team heads to Wichita on Thursday night to take on the Friends University Falcons at 8 p.m., at the Garvey Center.

 

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. The video stream will be managed by Friends' video crew. Live updates will also be posted on Twitter (@kwucoyotes).

PROBABLE STARTERS FOR KANSAS WESLEYAN
NO.NAMEPPGRPGAPG/SPG
3Dane Brinker (6-1, 175, Jr., G)10.63.3 
4Michael Johnson (6-1, 185, So., G)9.05.4 
10Canon Fields (6-0, 165, Jr., G)23.48.25.3 APG
14Brock Borovetz (6-0, 175, So., G)12.83.0 
50Jeff Schwerdtfager (6-8, 230, Sr., C)2.63.3 
     
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FRIENDS
NONAMEPPGRPGAPG/SPG
3Zach Nelson (6-1, Jr., G)13.33.4 
12Jacob Simmonds (6-1, So., G)5.54.3 
21Thomas Bland (5-10, Sr., G)6.42.23.2 APG
24Anthony White (6-5, Jr., C)13.28.3 
52Colton Rausch (6-5, Jr., F)13.23.8 
     
 

THE SERIES AND LAST MEETING BETWEEN THE TEAMS
Friends leads the all-time series 69-60 and has won four of the last five meetings with the Coyotes. Friends was victorious in the last meeting between the teams 75-62 on December 8 in Salina. Anthony White led the Falcons with 25 points and 10 rebounds and Zach Nelson scored 20 points as Friendsd shot 60.7 percent in the first half and 50.8 percent for the game. Canon Fields led the Wesleyan with 25 points and seven rebounds while Brock Borovetz scored 22 and Jeff Schwerdtfager had 10 rebounds, helping the Coyotes to a 33-31 rebounding advantage in the game.  There were only 13 total free throws shot in the game. Friends saw four of its five starters play more than 33 minutes in the game. Friends jumped out to a 21-9 lead to start, but the Coyotes were back within five during the first half. The Coyotes finished the game on an 11-2 run.

 

SCOUTING THE COYOTES
The Coyotes are 6-16 overall and 3-9 in the KCAC after another close loss to a top notch opponent, as Wesleyan lost to then No. 23 ranked and now No. 21 ranked Saint Mary 83-79 on Saturday. The game was a 3-point exhibition for both teams as they combined for 62 long rangers. Saint Mary's Jordan Wilcox had 27 points on 9-of-20 shooting from 3-point range to lead all scorers in the game. Canon Fields had 23 points, nine rebounds and seven assists in the game on the way to earning KCAC Men's Basketball Player of the Week honors for his efforts for the Coyotes last week. Dane Brinker added 17 and Dylan Hidalgo had a career high 15 points as Wesleyan shot 39.7 percent from the field.

 

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 4-6, 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 (5.3) and steals (2.4) and Joey Long leads the KCAC in blocks (1.32).

 

The Coyotes shoot 40.4 percent as a team from the field and 33.5 percent from 3-point range on the season on the way to scoring 76.4 points per game. Wesleyan also pulls down 37.4 rebounds per game. Fields' 23.4 scoring average leads the Coyotes, and he also leads the team averaging 8.2 rebounds per game. Wesleyan's opponents are scoring 82.6 points per contest while shooting 43.6 percent from the field and 36.1 percent from 3-point range. Opponents are pulling down 45 rebounds per game.

 

Wesleyan ranks No. 7 in NAIA Division II in free throw percentage (.735), No. 19 in offensive rebounds per game (12.727), No. 22 in turnover margin (2.636), No. 33 in steals per game (8.409), No. 35 in scoring offense (76.409), No. 38 in 3-pointers made per game (7.364) and No. 50 in total steals (185).

 

Fields ranks No. 3 in the country in scoring average (23.409), No. 4 in points scored (515), No. 12 in assist average (5.273), No. 15 in total assists (116) and steals average (2.364), No. 16 in defensive rebounds per game (6.227), No. 19 in total steals (52), No. 32 in rebounding average (8.182), No. 34 in total rebounds (180), No. 36 in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.071) and No. 48 in free throw percentage (.783). Brock Borovetz ranks No. 21 in total 3-pointers made (60) and 3-pointers made per game (2.727) and No. 37 in 3-point percentage (.423). Joey Long ranks No. 29 in block average (1.318) and No. 33 in total blocks (29).

 

SCOUTING THE FRIENDS FALCONS
Friends enters Thursday's games with an 11-11 overall record and an 8-4 mark in the KCAC. The Falcons beat Bethel 74-64 on Saturday in Wichita led by newcomer Joe Mitchell with 18 points, while Anthony White had 17 points and 11 rebounds and Colton Rausch had 16 points as Friends shot 46.4 percent from the field. Bethel shot just 36.2 percent from the field and 13.3 percent from 3-point range and was led by Lee Griffin with 14 points.

 

Newcomer Joe Mitchell leads Friends in scoring at 17.3 per game after playing in just three games for the Falcons. Zach Nelson leads a balanced season long scoring attack for the Falcons, averaging 13.3 points per game and three of Friends' starters are averaging at least 13.2 points per game. Anthony White leads the Falcons, averaging 8.3 rebounds per game. Friends shoots 44.8 percent from the field as a team and 34.7 percent from 3-point range. The Falcons average 69.4 points and 31.7 rebounds per game. Nelson's 25 points against Briar Cliff on December 29 is a team season best, while White's 16 rebounds against Bethel on December 6 is a team season best. Friends' opponents are shooting 42.4 percent from the field and 33.6 percent from 3-point range while scoring 67.3 point per game and are pulling down 33.6 rebounds per game.

 

Friends ranks No. 24 in NAIA Division II in 3-pointers made per game (7.864), No. 31 in total rebound defense (33.591), No. 32 in total 3-pointers made (173), No. 34 in scoring defense (67.273) and 3-point percentage defense (.319), No. 47 in assist-to-turnover ratio (.965), No. 48 in field goal percentage (.448), No. 49 in turnover margin (.636) and No. 50 in field goal percentage defense (.424).

 

Colton Rausch ranks No. 8 in the country in 3-point percentage (.472), No. 22 in 3-pointers made per game (2.682) and total 3-pointers made (59). Anthony White ranks No. 10 in the country in field goal percentage (.610), No. 24 in defensive rebounds per game (5.727), No. 29 in total rebounds (8.273), No. 31 in total rebounds (182) and No. 47 in offensive rebounds per game (2.545). Denzel Goudeau ranks No. 44 in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.0).

 

NEXT UP FOR THE COYOTES
The Coyotes return home on Saturday, hosting Bethel College at 7 p.m., at Mabee Arena. The Coyotes then back at home against Sterling next Thursday, February 7.

  
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