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KWU Men Pick Up Back-to-Back Wins

KSAL Sports - November 9, 2013 9:10 am

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LAWRENCE – Kansas Wesleyan saw five players reach double figures as the Coyotes held off a late rally by the Haskell Indian Nations University Indians for a 91-81 win on Friday night at Haskell’s Coffin Sports Complex.

The win, the second in as many nights for the Coyotes, evens Wesleyan’s record at 2-2 before the Coyotes’ trip to Baker in Baldwin City on Tuesday.

The Coyotes built a 9-3 lead to open the game on Dylan Hidalgo‘s layup with 16:52 to go in the first half. Haskell would rally, tying things at 9-all with 15:39 to go in the half and taking a 11-9 lead on a bucket by Dallas Rudd with 15:21 to go.

A three by Garret Pasold with 14:19 to go before the half got the Coyotes back ahead and Wesleyan would build a 29-21 lead with 10:18 to go after a three by Brock Borovetz. Ron Rousseau’s free throws with 8:40 to go got the Indians within three but an 8-0 run by the Coyotes, capped by free throws from Dane Brinker with 7:06 to go put Wesleyan ahead 37-26.

Wilbur Everett’s score with 1:50 to go before the half got Haskell within three again, but Borovetz would drain a three as the shot clock was winding down to take a 42-36 lead with 1:12 left and the Coyotes would head into the half leading 42-38.

Wesleyan opened the second half on an 8-2 run to take a 50-40 lead on a bucket by Jacob Lunz. Brinker’s free throws with 17:13 to go pushed Wesleyan’s lead to 12 and the Coyote lead would reach 19 points on a triple by Pasold with 12:50 to go.

Haskell had an answer, scoring eight straight to cut Wesleyan’s lead to 65-54 with 10:57 to go and the Indians would get as close as seven with 8:23 to go before the Coyotes would push the lead back out to double digits.

Michael Johnson led the Coyotes with 19 points, while Pasold had 17 and Borovetz added 16 as Wesleyan shot 28-of-54 from the floor for 51.9 percent that included an impressine 11-of-20 effort from 3-point range for 55 percent. Johnson also had top rebounding honors for the Coyotes with eight.

After Tuesday’s trip to Baldwin City, the Coyotes return home on Thursday to host Central Christian College at 7:30 at Mabee Arena.

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