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KWU Hangs Tough at Washburn

Mike Hammett - November 18, 2013 9:03 pm

The Kansas Wesleyan University men’s basketball team hung around, but ultimately, Washburn University’s size and athleticism took over as the Ichabods pulled away for a 107-81 win over the Coyotes.

Kansas Wesleyan sprinted out to a quick 6-0 lead on back-to-back threes from Joey Long. Washburn rallied and built as much as a six-point lead on a bucket by Abilene’s Andy Wilson at 24-18.

However, the Coyotes would rally again. Wesleyan used a 10-2 run, capped by a three from Michael Johnson and a bucket by Dominique Johnson, to retake a lead at 28-26. The lead would change hands a total of seven times in the first half, most of those coming in the middle of the half.

The Coyotes led 36-35 with 8:09 to go in the first half on a basket by Nick Boehler, but Washburn used a 9-0 run to take the lead for good. The Ichabods used a 7-0 run to lead in to halftime, going up 62-47.

In the second half, the Coyotes would cut it as close as 12 at 68-56 on free throws from Jacob Lunz with 16:39 left, but Washburn would slowly pull away for the 26-point win.

Lunz led the Coyotes with 15 points, while Brock Borovetz tallied 14, Michael Johnson 13 and Dane Brinker 10. Garret Pasold and Lunz each had six rebounds to lead the Coyotes.

Kyle Wiggins led Washburn with 18 points.

Kansas Wesleyan shot 39.3% from the floor, hitting on 9-of-25 three-point attempts at 36% and 24-of-30 foul shots at 80%.

Washburn connected on 54% of its shots, and was 9-for-22 from 3 at 41% and 22-for-31 from the foul line at 71%.

KWU played the game as an exhibition, and will not count toward season statistics. Washburn improved to 4-0.

The Coyotes resume action on Monday when they visit Central Christian. The game can be heard on Classic Hits 104.9, beginning with pregame coverage at 7:20pm and tipoff at 7:30.