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KWU Men Hold Off Bethel

Mike Hammett - February 20, 2014 9:59 pm

For the first time in the three-year Chris Fear era, Kansas Wesleyan’s men’s basketball team wins back-to-back road games, knocking off Bethel 76-67 at Thresher Gym in North Newton.

Bethel had the early advantage as the teams traded buckets, leading by five at 9-4 and were up 13-9 before the Coyotes went on a quick 5-0 run to take the lead on back-to-back baskets from Braxton Stein.

The Coyotes pushed the lead to three at 18-15 before Bethel and the Coyotes traded baskets for nearly the remainder of the half. Wesleyan led by seven at 35-28 on a three by Borovetz, but Bethel got the final points of the first half on a three by Robbie Wright with 1:22 left in the half. KWU led 35-31 at the break.

In the second half, Bethel would get within one at 38-37 with 17:16 left when the Coyotes went on a 7-0 run, capped on a basket by Jacob Lunz and a free throw by Stein, to lead 45-37 with 14:31 left

Then, Bethel came roaring to life. Bethel went on a 14-2 run to take a 51-47 lead with 11:30 to go, going in front on a basket by Jordan Hett. The Coyotes answered with a 9-0 run, going back in front on Dominique Johnson’s three-point play and leading 56-51 on free throws by Michael Johnson with 9:51 left.

Wesleyan never trailed again.

Bethel would tie the game three more times at 59, 62 and 67 with 3:34 left. But with the game tied at 67, the Coyotes closed the game on a 9-0 run, including the final dagger three by Borovetz with 39 seconds left.

Borovetz finished with 22 points, while Michael Johnson had 19 and Dane Brinker tallied 10 for Wesleyan. DeWayne Canady paced Bethel with 19 points, while Trever Ford added 14 points and 19 rebounds and Robbie Wright had 11 points.

Wesleyan improves to 6-21 overall, 4-13 in the KCAC, while Bethel is 0-26 overall and 0-17 in the league.

Kansas Wesleyan hosts Sterling on Saturday for senior day and the Coyotes’ final game of the 2013-14 season. Pregame is at 4:50 with tip-off at 5 for the women and 7 for the men on Classic Hits 104.9.