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KSAL Sports - February 13, 2014 7:09 am

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(LIVE STATS | LIVE AUDIO | LIVE VIDEO | KWU TWITTER | McPHERSON TWITTERAfter leading for 39 minutes and 36 seconds of the first meeting between the Kansas Wesleyan Coyotes and McPherson College Bulldogs, Wesleyan looks to come away with a win against the Bulldogs when the two teams meet for the second time this season on Thursday night at 8 p.m. at Mabee Arena.

The Coyotes are looking for their first win since beating Tabor on January 25, while McPherson is looking to break a 3-game losing streak that followed a 3-game winning streak for the Bulldogs.

LISTEN AND WATCH LIVE
The game can be heard live in Salina on Classic Hits 104.9 with the ‘Voice of the Coyotes’ Mike Hammett with the call along with Justin Dean. Fans can also listen online at www.1049classichits.com. 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.  Updates will also be posted on Twitter (@kwucoyotes).

THE LAST MEETING AND ALL-TIME SERIES
The Coyotes and Bulldogs met on January 25 in McPherson with the Bulldogs coming away for the 77-73 win. Wesleyan led the game for 39 minutes and 36 seconds until Kenny Berry put McPherson on top with 24 seconds left.  Wesleyan jumped out to a 6-0 lead and extended its advantage to 13-6 with 15:31 left in the first half. The Coyotes led 22-10 with 8:23 to go and led 45-32 at the break. Wesleyan extended its lead to 51-36 but McPherson rallied to get within six at 55-49 with 12:40 to go. The Coyotes led 62-50 with 8:42 to go but McPherson got within three with 6:06 left and tied things at 70 with 2:06 to go. Samson Shivers had 31 points to lead McPherson, while Devirous Johnson had 15 points and 13 rebounds. Brock Borovetz had 18 points to lead the Coyotes while Michael Johnson had 16 and Dane Brinker had 15. McPherson was 21-of-24 at the line, while the Coyotes were just 9-of-18.

Thursday’s meeting will be the 199th all-time between the teams in an evenly-divided series. McPherson holds a slight 100-98 lead in the series all-time.

PROBABLE STARTERS FOR KANSAS WESLEYAN (4-20, 2-12 KCAC)
NO. NAME PPG RPG APG/SPG
3 Dane Brinker (G, 6-1, 175, Sr.) 8.1 3.2
4 Michael Johnson (G, 6-1, 185, Jr.) 12.7 4.9 3.3 APG
14 Brock Borovetz (G, 6-0, 175, Jr.) 13.8 2.5
20 Dylan Hidalgo (G, 6-0, 175, So.) 8.9 2.3
35 Jacob Lunz (F, 6-6, 195, Fr.) 9.5 6.5
PROBABALE STARTERS FOR FRIENDS (19-5, 10-3 KCAC)
NO. NAME PPG RPG APG/SPG
1 TJ Grant (5-8, 165, Jr., G) 7.2 1.8
5 Devirous Johnson (6-3, 225, Sr., G) 14.5 12.4
10 Kenny Berry (5-8 160, So., G) 2.6 2.0
15 Samson Shivers (6-0, 165, Sr., G) 16.7 3.8
23 Brian Johnson (6-4, 185, Jr., G) 14.5 7.6 4.2 APG

LOOKING AT THE COYOTES
Wesleyan enters Saturday’s game coming off a 92-60 loss to Friends on Saturday. Wesleyan did hold Joe Mitchell, the NAIA’s leading scorer to 19 points, 14 below his season average, but Friends got 25 points from Colton Rausch and Zach Nelson had 20 points as Friends shot 52.2 percent from the field. Friends rocketed out to a 17-6 lead on the Coyotes but Wesleyan battled back getting within eight at 34-26 with 2:25 to go before the break. Friends would lead 45-26 at the half and pulled away in the second half. Brock Borovetz led the Coyotes with 13 points. 

SO FAR THIS SEASON
Brock Borovetz leads the Coyotes in scoring at 13.8 points per game and Jacob Lunz leads the Coyotes in rebounding at 6.5 per game. Wesleyan shoots 40 percent from the field on the way to averaging 73 points per game and the Coyotes pull down 37.6 rebounds per game as well. Wesleyan’s opponents shoot 43.1 percent from the field and average 80.6 points and 42.7 rebounds per game. 

Wesleyan ranks No. 17 in the NAIA in defensive 3-point percentage (.315), No. 20 in blocks per game (3.708), No. 26 in blocks (89), No. 40 in defensive field goal percentage (.431), No. 46 in defensive rebounds per game (26.125) and steals per game (7.458) and No. 47 in rebounding average (37.542). 

Joey Long ranks No. 11 in total blocks (44) and No. 14 in blocks per game (1.833). Brock Borovetz ranks No. 39 in 3-point percentage (.421), No. 40 in 3-pointers made per game (2.458) and No. 46 in total 3-pointers made (59). 

MILESTONE ALERT
Brock Borovetz is closing in on 1000 points for his career. The junior 3-point marksman needs just 84 more points for the milestone. Borovetz would become the first Coyote since Matt Dickman in 2011 to hit the 1000-point milestone. 

A LOOK AT McPHERSON
McPherson enters Thursday’s game on a 3-game losing streak after winning three in a row before the skid. The Bulldogs, who won the KCAC Tournament last season, are 12-14 overall and 5-9 in the KCAC.  The Bulldogs are coming off a 76-74 loss to Tabor on Saturday. Tabor jumped out to a 10-3 lead in the game, but McPherson came back to get within two at 21-19 with 7:31 left. Tabor led 39-30 at the half, but McPherson came back to tie things up at 43-all with 15:38 left. A three pointer by Samson Shivers gave McPherson a 56-55 lead but Tabor would come back to take a 63-60 lead but five straight from McPherson gave the Bulldogs a 65-63 lead. The game was tied 73-all with 2:17 left before Tabor would come away with the win. Shivers led the Bulldogs with 20 points, while Devirous Johnson had ten points and ten rebounds. Dewayne Biggs had 25 points for Tabor. The big difference was at the line as Tabor shot 85.7 percent at the line compared to 54.5 percent for McPherson. 

Samson Shivers leads McPherson in scoring at 16.7 points per game, while Devirous Johnson leads the NAIA in rebounding at 12.4 per game to go along with his 14.5 point per game average. The Bulldogs shoot 43.9 percent from the field and average 77.5 points and 41.4 rebounds per game. McPherson’s opponents shoot 43.1 percent from the field and average 77.1 points and 37.9 rebounds per game. 

McPherson ranks No. 8 in total rebounds (1077), No. 10 offensive rebounds per game (13.654), No. 13 in rebounding average (41.423), No. 19 in defensive rebounds per game (27.769), No. 24 in assists (386), No. 29 in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.145), No. 31 in assists per game (14.846), No. 40 in defensive field goal percentage (.431), No. 43 in total points (2015) and rebounding margin (3.538) and No. 50 in blocks (73). 

Devirous Johnson ranks No. 1 in the NAIA in defensive rebounds per game (8.308), rebounding average (12.346) and total rebounds (321), No. 2 in offensive rebounds per game (4.038) and No. 37 in field goal percentage (.549). Joey Powers ranks No. 24 in field goal percentage (.570), No. 41 in total blocks (27) and No. 45 in blocks per game (1.125). Samson Shivers ranks No. 37 in total 3-pointers made (62). Brian Johnson ranks No. 38 in total assists (106), No. 42 in assists average (4.24), No. 43 in total rebounds (191) and No. 49 in rebounding average (7.64). 

UP NEXT FOR THE COYOTES
Wesleyan heads south on Saturday to face the archrival Bethany Swedes in Lindsborg. The Coyotes then face Bethel next Thursday in North Newton before wrapping up the regular season on February 22 at home against Sterling.

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