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KWU Men Rip Tabor

Mike Hammett - January 25, 2014 9:08 pm

The Kansas Wesleyan men’s basketball team was determined not to let controversy enter Saturday’s game against Tabor.

After losing by one at Tabor after a three-point basket for KWU was mistakenly recorded as a two-point basket, the Coyotes made sure this game was well in hand. The Coyotes turned an eight-point halftime lead into as much as a 24 point lead, hitting 14 three pointers in a 92-72 rout of Tabor Saturday night at Mabee Arena.

The Coyotes took an early 4-2 lead on a pair of steals and lay-ups by Brock Borovetz. However, Tabor answered with five straight points and 12 of the next 14 points to take a 14-6 lead on a three by J.T. Nemit with 12:59 to go in the first half.

The Coyotes started fighting back. Free throws by Michael Johnson and a three by Michael Johnson brought the Coyotes within three at 14-11. Tabor pushed the lead back to five, but the Coyotes would score seven of nine points to tie the game at 20 on a jumper by Garret Pasold with 9:31 left in the half.

After a Tabor basket, the Coyotes regained the lead on back-to-back baskets by Pasold and Brinker. After Tabor tied the game at 24, the Coyotes went on a 7-0 run, including a three by Dylan Hidalgo and a lay-up by Brinker to lead 31-24.

Tabor closed to as close as one at 35-34, but the Coyotes finished the half on a 9-2 run, capping it with a deep three by Borovetz with six seconds left to give the Coyotes a 44-36 halftime lead.

The Coyotes weren’t going to let the lead slip away against Tabor tonight. Borovetz opened the second half with back-to-back threes, and followed it up with an off-balance jumper at the foul line to push the Coyote lead to 16 at 52-36.

Tabor would only get as close as 13 the rest of the way. The Coyotes pushed the lead to 20 for the first time on a Dominique Johnson three with 10:47 left to make it 65-45.

Dominique followed it up with another three to push the lead to 68-45 with 10:14 remaining.

The Coyotes would lead by as much as 24 down the stretch, cruising to the 92-72 win.

Borovetz poured in a career high 28 points with six three-pointers. Dominique Johnson had 15 points, while Michael Johnson had 11 and Hidalgo had 10. The Coyotes shot a season high 52.5 percent from the floor and 14-for-26 from the three-point line.

Tabor was led by Dewayne Biggs with 17 points, while Andrew Thomas had 13 points.

Kansas Wesleyan improves to 4-16 overall, 2-8 in the KCAC. Tabor drops to 13-8 overall, 6-4 in the KCAC.

Kansas Wesleyan hosts Ottawa on Wednesday.