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KSAL Sports - February 20, 2014 6:34 am

(LIVE STATS | LIVE AUDIO | LIVE VIDEO | KWU TWITTER | BETHEL TWITTERThe Kansas Wesleyan Men’s Basketball team is looking to string together back-to-back wins on Thursday as the Coyotes head to North Newton to take on the Bethel Threshers at 8 p.m. at Thresher Gym.

The Coyotes are coming off a huge 91-81 win on the road at Bethany on Saturday, while Bethel remains winless on the season after getting blasted by Friends 113-51 in Wichita.

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.  Bethel will manage the Updates will also be posted on Twitter (@kwucoyotes).

Last time the Coyotes and Threshers met Wesleyan snapped a 13-game losing streak with an 85-67 win over Bethel. The Coyotes jumped out to an 8-2 lead three minutes into the game and never looked back. Bethel got within a point with 14:16 to go  in the first half, but a 19-4 run over the next ten minutes put the Coyotes in control. Wesleyan led 45-31 at the half, but a 14-2 run by Bethel to open the second half got the Threshers within two with 14 minutes to go. Wesleyan responded with a 9-0 run that gave the Coyotes control and they pulled away for the win. Brock Borovetz had 18, Dominique Johnson had 15, Dane Brinker had 14 and Braxton Stein had his first career double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds. The Coyotes had a 54-35 rebounding advantage over the Threshers. Dewayne Canady had 30 points for Bethel and Keon Jones scored 12.

Wesleyan has won three straight in the all-time series and leads the series 82-74.

3 Dane Brinker (G, 6-1, 175, Sr.) 8.5 3.3
4 Michael Johnson (G, 6-1, 185, Jr.) 12.9 4.8 3.4 APG
14 Brock Borovetz (G, 6-0, 175, Jr.) 13.9 2.3
20 Dylan Hidalgo (G, 6-0, 175, So.) 9.0 2.4
35 Jacob Lunz (F, 6-6, 195, Fr.) 9.9 6.4
1 Keon Jones (6-0, 170, Sr., G) 8.9 2.8
2 Robbie Wright (6-1, 160, Sr, G) 10.7 3.0
11 Jenson Kingsley (6-2, 180, So., G/F) 7.9 1.8
24 Kent Packard (6-5, 220, Jr., F) 5.3 5.8
41 Trever Ford (6-10, 235, Jr., C) 5.2 5.6

The Coyotes are fresh off an impressive 91-81 win on the road at Bethany on Saturday, spoiling the Swedes’ senior night festivities. The Coyotes jumped out to a 5-0 lead and led by five with 15 minutes to go in the first half before Bethany went on an 11-2 run to take a 16-12 lead with 11:45 left. After the Coyotes tied things up, Bethany would push out to a 29-19 lead with 6:08 to go. Wesleyan battled back sending the game into the half tied at 40 on Braxton Stein‘s tip-in at the buzzer. Bethany took a 47-45 lead, its last of the night with 18 minutes left. Dylan Hidalgo hit a three for the Coyotes to give Wesleyan the lead that ballooned to nine points with 16:36 to go. Bethany tied things at 69-all with 11 minutes left but Wesleyan responded with a 9-1 run to take control. Jacob Lunz led the Coyotes with 14 points and nine rebounds as Wesleyan shot 51 percent from the field in the game. Idris Ibn Idris had 30 to lead Bethany. 

Brock Borovetz leads the Coyotes in scoring at 13.9 points per game and Jacob Lunz leads the Coyotes in rebounding at 6.4 per game. Wesleyan shoots 40.8 percent from the field on the way to averaging 74.6 points per game and the Coyotes pull down 37.3 rebounds per game as well. Wesleyan’s opponents shoot 43.4 percent from the field and average 81.5 points and 42.3 rebounds per game. 

Wesleyan ranks No. 16 in blocks per game (3.846), No. 22 in defensive 3-point percentage (.320), No. 24 in blocks (100), No. 43 in steals per game (7.577), No. 44 in defensive field goal percentage (.434), No. 47 in 3-pointers made per game (7.154), No. 48 in rebounding (37.308) and No. 50 in steals (197). 

Joey Long ranks No. 6 in blocks per game (2.038) and in blocks (53). Brock Borovetz ranks No. 41 in 3-pointers made per game (2.462), No. 43 in total 3-pointers made (64) and No. 44 in 3-point percentage (.418). 

Brock Borovetz is closing in on 1000 points for his career. The junior 3-point marksman needs just 55 more points for the milestone. Borovetz would become the first Coyote since Matt Dickman in 2011 to hit the 1000-point milestone. 

Bethel has yet to win this season with a 0-25 overall record and a 0-16 mark in the KCAC. The Threshers were routed by Friends 113-51 in their last game. Friends jumped out 14-4 to start the game and led 27-15 with six minutes to go in the half. Friends led 47-27 at the break and would explode out of the half to lead 91-39 with 8:23 to go in the game. Joe Mitchell led Friends with 25 points while Zach Nelson had 21. Junior Trever Ford had 12 for Bethel as did Robbie Wright. 

Robbie Wright leads Bethel in scoring, averaging 10.7 points per game on the season. Kent Packard leads Bethel in rebounding, averaging 5.8 per game. Bethel shoots 36.6 percent from the field and averages 63.8 points per game which ranks 125th out of 132 teams reporting stats nationally in NAIA Division II. Bethel averages 33.8 rebounds per game. Bethel’s opponents shoot 49.1 percent from the field and average 88.3 points per game and 44.9 rebounds per game. 

Bethel does not rank in the Top 50 in the NAIA in any statistical category and no Bethel players rank in the Top 50 nationally. 

The Coyotes wrap up their 2013-14 season on Saturday hosting Sterling College at 7 p.m. at Mabee Arena.