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KWU Men Roll to Win over Manhattan Christian

Mike Hammett - November 7, 2013 10:35 pm

The Kansas Wesleyan men’s basketball team trailed just once in a 92-79 victory over the Manhattan Christian Crusaders on Thursday night at Mabee Arena.

The Coyotes jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead and led 11-4 when Manhattan Christian took a timeout to slow the early KWU surge with 16:12 to go in the half. Manhattan Christian would let the lead get to eight, but no more for the time being as the Crusaders stayed within striking distance for most of the first half. Then, the Crusaders made a move, using an 18-8 stretch to take a 31-28 lead with 3:32 to play in the half on a three by Lonnie Penner.

Kansas Wesleyan would respond, closing the half on a 12-0 run thanks to four points from Braxton Stein and eight from Brock Borovetz, including back-to-back threes to end the half, giving the Coyotes a 40-31 lead at the break.

In the second half, Wesleyan would push out to a 15-point lead at 54-39 on a three by Borovetz. The Crusaders made a charge, cutting the lead to seven at 67-60 and 69-62, and had a chance to get within two possessions. However, Manhattan Christian got no closer as the Coyotes pulled away to lead by as much as 16 down the stretch.

The Coyotes had five players in double figures, led by Borovetz with 20 points. Michael Johnson added 18 points, Jacob Lunz had 16, Stein had 12 and Chase Owen had 10. Stein finished one rebound shy of a double-double with nine rebounds. Johnson had five assists to lead the Coyotes.

Sage Ruis led Manhattan Christian with 18 points, while Devin Ruis had 13, and Penner and David Frost had 11 points each.

Kansas Wesleyan shot 42% from the floor in the game while the Crusaders hit 47% of their shots in the game.

Kansas Wesleyan is 1-2 overall while Manhattan Christian drops to 0-3. The Coyotes are at Haskell Indian Nations University on Friday night.