Sun, Feb. 3, 2013 - [Men's Basketball]
There was no need for the Kansas Wesleyan Coyotes to have to rally from a 22-point deficit this time against Bethel College. Unlike the last meeting between the teams, it was the Coyotes who controlled the court for the entire 40 minutes, routing the Threshers 108-86 on Saturday night in Mabee Arena.
The Coyotes trailed just once in the game, 2-0, but would take the lead 6-2 early on after a bucket by Canon Fields and never look back. Bethel tied things up at 6-all on a layup by Lee Griffin, but the Coyotes were quickly back in control, taking a 9-6 lead on Dane Brinker's triple with 17:18 to go.
Bethel was within a point again at 9-8 when a driving layup by Fields sparked an 8-0 run for the Coyotes that pushed their lead out to 17-8 with 13:26 to go in the half on a three by Garret Pasold. Adam Arciniega got Bethel within four with 13 minutes left, but the Coyotes quickly pushed their lead back out to night points with 11:30 to go on a bucket by Fields.
Brinker's free throw with 10:30 to go got the Coyotes up by double digits for the first time at 27-17. Cody Cape scored to get Bethel within seven with 5:31 left when Wesleyan would end the suspense. Back-to-back three's by Dylan Hidalgo and Brock Borovetz put Wesleyan up 35-22 with 4:23 to go in the half.
Bethel got no closer than 11 points the rest of the half as Wesleyan pushed its lead out to 20 points on Michael Johnson's score with 1:06 to go before the break, and Brinker's bucket at the buzzer would send the Coyotes into the half up 48-28.
The Coyotes slowly crept away from Bethel in the second half, despite the Threshers getting 29 points, all in the second half, from Ronnie Hodge. Hodge's points were too little, too late for Bethel, who fell to 1-13 in the KCAC with the loss and 2-22 overall.
A stickback by Hidalgo with 11:33 left pushed Wesleyan's lead to 26 points, as the Coyotes never led by less than 20 the entire second half. Borovetz scored the points to push the Coyotes over the 90-point mark with 8:26 to go and Fields gave Wesleyan a 27-point cushion with 7:57 to go.
The only suspense left was when the Coyotes would hit the century mark and it was Hidalgo with the honor with a steal and layup with 5 minutes left to put the Coyotes up 100-75. Tonight's game marked the first time since a 104-71 win over Bethany on February 12, 2009, that the Coyotes have scored 100 points in a game.
Bethel's Aaron Benton scored the final points of the game with 1:43 to go when Wesleyan Head Coach Chris Fear cleared the bench to play out the final couple minutes of the dominating performance by the Coyotes.
Fields flirted with another triple-double for the Coyotes, leading all scorers in the game with 31 points while handing out 11 assists and seven rebounds to go along with four steals. Brinker scored 20, Borovetz and Johnson had 14 each and Johnson had 12 as Wesleyan shot 37-of-77 from the field for 48.1 percent. The Coyotes also dominated the boards 50-40, led by Joey Long with nine. Long also had six blocks in the game before fouling out.
Hodge had 29 to lead Bethel as the Threshers shot 30-of-70 from the field for 42.9 percent.
The Coyotes are off until Thursday when they host Sterling College at 8 p.m., at Mabee Arena.