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KWU Men Look to Play Spoiler at Bethany

KSAL Sports - February 14, 2014 4:10 pm

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(LIVE STATS | LIVE AUDIO | LIVE VIDEO | KWU TWITTER | BETHANY TWITTERThe Kansas Wesleyan Men’s Basketball team looks to turn the corner and finish the season strong as Wesleyan heads to Lindsborg to take on the archrival Bethany Swedes at 7 p.m. at Hahn Gym.

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

THE LAST MEETING AND THE SERIES
Last time the rivals met, the Swedes picked up a 71-63 win. Wesleyan held Bethany 18 points under their season scoring average in the game and held leading scorer Idris Idris to nine under his season average at the time. Wesleyan led 13-12 with 12:20 to go in the first half but Bethany came back and took a 20-14 lead with 9:35 left in the half. Wesleyan finished the first half on a 7-0 run and would lead 32-30 at the half. The Coyotes trailed by ten in the second half before Michael Johnson cut Bethany’s lead to three with seven minutes to go. Bethany pulled out to a seven-point lead again before getting back within three again with 3:23 to go. Brock Borovetz led the Coyotes with 13 while Jordan Bieberle led Bethany with 21 points.

Bethany leads the all-time series 120-85.

PROBABLE STARTERS FOR KANSAS WESLEYAN (4-21, 2-13 KCAC)
NO. NAME PPG RPG APG/SPG
3 Dane Brinker (G, 6-1, 175, Sr.) 8.4 3.1
4 Michael Johnson (G, 6-1, 185, Jr.) 12.9 4.9 3.4 APG
14 Brock Borovetz (G, 6-0, 175, Jr.) 14.0 2.4
20 Dylan Hidalgo (G, 6-0, 175, So.) 9.0 2.2
35 Jacob Lunz (F, 6-6, 195, Fr.) 9.6 6.2
PROBABALE STARTERS FOR BETHANY (18-8, 11-4 KCAC)
NO. NAME PPG RPG APG/SPG
2 Idris Idris (6-5, 195, Sr., G) 27.9 6.4
3 Dwight Abad (5-9, 160, Sr., G) 8.0 2.2
23 Jordan Bieberle (6-1, 175, So., F) 9.9 3.1
30 Nathan Coleman (6-4, 176, Jr., G) 8.0 5.8
34 Vince Roybal (6-5, 175, Sr., F) 10.0 6.4

LOOKING AT THE COYOTES
Wesleyan enters Saturday’s game coming off a heartbreaking 102-95 loss in overtime to McPherson. The Coyotes and Bulldogs battled back and forth all night long, as neither team could pull away for very long. Wesleyan had to rally late to tie the game at 80-all at the end of regulation. McPherson was unstoppable in overtime, going 6-6 from the field and 4-4 from distance to pull away for the win. Samson Shivers scored 26 for the Bulldogs, while all five Wesleyan starters reached double figures in scoring led by Brock Borovetz and Michael Johnson with 19 each. 

SO FAR THIS SEASON
Brock Borovetz leads the Coyotes in scoring at 14.0 points per game and Jacob Lunz leads the Coyotes in rebounding at 6.2 per game. Wesleyan shoots 40.4 percent from the field on the way to averaging 73.9 points per game and the Coyotes pull down 37.2 rebounds per game as well. Wesleyan’s opponents shoot 43.6 percent from the field and average 81.5 points and 42.5 rebounds per game. 

Wesleyan ranks No. 20 in blocks per game (3.76), No. 24 in blocks (94), No. 31 in defensive 3-point percentage (.326), No. 42 in steals per game (7.6), No. 45 in defensive field goal percentage (.435) and No. 49 in steals (190). 

Joey Long ranks No. 8 in blocks per game (1.92) and in blocks (48). Brock Borovetz ranks No. 38 in total 3-pointers made (62), No. 40 in 3-point percentage (.422) and 3-pointers made per game (2.48). 

MILESTONE ALERT
Brock Borovetz is closing in on 1000 points for his career. The junior 3-point marksman needs just 65 more points for the milestone. Borovetz would become the first Coyote since Matt Dickman in 2011 to hit the 1000-point milestone. 

LOOKING AT BETHANY
Bethany enters Saturday’s game with an 18-8 overall record and an 11-4 record in the conference after Thursday’s 111-103 loss to Friends. The game featured two of the NAIA’s top scorers in Joe Mitchell and Idris Idris and the duo did not disappoint. Mitchell scored 45 points and Idris scored 42 in the game. Friends had all five starters reach double figures as the Falcons shot 60 percent in the game.  Bethany shot 57 percent from the floor as Kirby Hawkins added 20 for the Swedes. 

Idris Idris leads Bethany in scoring averaging 27.9 points per game which is second best in the NAIA behind Mitchell from Friends. Vince Roybal leads Bethany in rebounding averaging 6.42 rebounds per game. The Swedes shoot 48.2 percent from the field and average 89.6 points and 35.5 rebounds per game. Bethany’s opponents shoot 45.3 percent from the field and average 83.5 points and 33.9 rebounds per game. 

Bethany ranks No. 6 in total points (2330), No. 7 in scoring offense (89.615), No. 23 in 3-point percentage (.372), No. 25 in 3-pointers made (199), No. 26 in field goal percentage (.482), No. 35 in 3-pointers made per game (7.654), No. 36 in free throw percentage (.718), No. 42 in scoring margin (6.115), No. 45 in turnover margin (1.038), No. 49 in defensive rebounding average (33.923) and No. 50 in defensive 3-point percentage (.334). 

Idris Idris ranks No. 2 in scoring average (27.923), 3-point percentage (.495) and total points (726), No. 20 in field goal percentage (.581) and No. 45 in defensive rebounds per game (5.423). Dwight Abad ranks no. 43 in assists (102) and No. 50 in assists average (3.923). Vince Roybal ranks No. 49 in offensive rebounds per game (2.625). 

UP NEXT FOR THE COYOTES
Wesleyan completes its season next week heading to North Newton to take on Bethel on Thursday ahead of the season finale at home on Saturday against Sterling.

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