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KWU Men Fall Short Against No. 24 York

KSAL Sports - November 3, 2013 2:55 pm

YORK, Neb. – The Kansas Wesleyan Coyotes were down three starters in their game against the York Panthers on Saturday at the Freeman Center. Despite being shorthanded, the Coyotes would hang with the No. 24 ranked hosts of the York Classic in a 98-88 decision.

The difference in the game could be easily seen looking at the box score in the free throw column. York attempted 44 free throws compared to just 19 for the Coyotes with the Panthers making 33. Wesleyan was also called for 30 fouls, compared to just 21 for York, with five players with four or more fouls in the game.

Jacob Lunz would tie the game at 9-all with 11:02 to go in the first half when the Coyotes would go on a 13-2 run to take a 22-11 lead with eight minutes to go in the half on a bucket by Dominique Johnson.  Wesleyan remained ahead until free throws by Mike Buffalo would tie things up with 1L54 to go before the break. More free throws by Buffalo with a minute left gave York the lead and a three at the buzzer would give the Panthers a 42-37 lead at the half.

Chase Owen would tie things up at 47 with 16:56 to go in the game, but back-to-back three’s by York would give the Panthes a 53-47 lead with 15:52 left. York would push its lead to as many as 13 points at 64-51 on a three-point play by Tre Howe with 11:58 left, and the Panther lead would reach a game-high 16 points at 80-64 with 6:19 to go when the Coyotes rallied.

A three by Brock Borovetz with 2:07 to go got the Coyotes within seven, but York would finish the game with eight points all at the line to come away with the 98-88 win.

Wesleyan was led by Borovetz with 22 points while Owen and Johnson had 15 for the Coyotes who shot 31-of-87 from the field for 35.6 percent. Nick Boehler had nine rebounds to lead the Coyotes on the boards.

The Coyotes open the home portion of the schedule on Thursday when they host Manhattan Christian at 7:30 at Mabee Arena.