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22-3 Run Lifts Saint Mary to Win Over KWU

Mike Hammett - December 14, 2013 5:51 pm

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A 22-3 second half run led Saint Mary’s men’s basketball team to a 78-60 win over Kansas Wesleyan on Saturday at Mabee Arena.

In the first half, the Coyotes an early lead thanks to three pointers by Michael Johnson and Brock Borovetz to lead 11-8 with 13:30 to go in the half. Saint Mary would turn it around, going on an 11-0 run to lead 19-11 on a basket by Forrest Hicks with 10:59 to play in the half.

The Coyotes responded with six straight points to cut the deficit to two at 19-17. Saint Mary pulled back away to a nine point lead at 29-20. Kansas Wesleyan closed the half strong, scoring 11 of the final 17 points to cut the lead to four at 35-31 at the break.

In the second half, the Coyotes scored the first six points and took a brief 37-35 lead. Wesleyan went in front on a three by Joey Long and then added a point on a free throw by Michael Johnson.

It was the last time the Coyotes would sniff the lead.

Saint Mary put the game away with a 22-3 run, going from down 37-35 to up 57-40 with 9:24 left on a basket by Grant Greenberg. The Coyotes went over nine minutes without a field goal, allowing the Spires to pull away and cruise to the win.

Kansas Wesleyan was led by Michael Johnson with 18 points. Saint Mary was led by Grant Greenberg with 19 points, while Forrest Hicks added a career-high 16 points and Shiron Williams had 11 points in his first game of the season.

The Coyotes hit just 33 percent from the field to 40 percent for Saint Mary.

The Coyotes are 2-9 on the season and 0-4 in the KCAC. The Coyotes are off until they host Concordia (Neb.) on December 30.

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