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KWU Men Snap Slide

Mike Hammett - January 18, 2014 9:31 pm

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Kansas Wesleyan’s men’s basketball team snapped a 13-game losing streak with an 85-67 win over Bethel on Saturday night at Mabee Arena.

Kansas Wesleyan opened strong, scoring the first six points. Bethel would close within one at 13-12, but the Coyotes answered, pushing the lead back out to five at 17-12 on a basket by Dane Brinker with 13:19 to go in the half.

Bethel would get within two twice, but the Coyotes answered each time. The Coyotes would use a 6-0 spurt to push the lead to eight at 25-17. After a Bethel bucket, the Coyotes went on a 13-2 run, started with the first of two threes by Braxton Stein and capped on a three by Brock Borovetz to lead 38-21 with 4:19 to go in the half.

Bethel would cut the lead back to 10 at 40-30, but the Coyotes scored five of the final six points of the half to lead 45-31 at the break.

In the second half, Bethel opened on fire and Wesleyan was ice cold. Bethel opened on a 14-2 run to get within two at 47-45 on a basket by DeWayne Canady with 13:45 left.

The Coyotes finally responded. Michael Johnson hit a jumper to put the Coyotes up four. Then, the freshmen stepped up for the Coyotes. Stein finished a three-point play, and Dominique Johnson hit back-to-back buckets to push the lead out to 11 at 56-45 with 11:23 left.

Bethel cut the deficit to nine, but the Coyotes answered with a 6-0 spurt, including a five points from Dominique Johnson to lead 68-53 with 6:28 left. After a Bethel free throw, Dominique Johnson put the game on ice, nailing back-to-back three-pointers to give the Coyotes a 20-point lead at 78-58.

The Coyotes cruised to the 85-67 win.

Wesleyan was led by 18 points from Brock Borovetz. Dominique Johnson added 15 points, all in the second half. Brinker added 14, Michael Johnson had 13 and Braxton Stein chipped in with his first career double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

Canady led the Threshers with a career high 30 points. Keon Jones added 12 points in his return to Kansas Wesleyan.

The Coyotes improve to 3-15 overall and 1-7 in the KCAC. Bethel drops its 20th straight game overall, going to 0-17 overall and 0-8 in the KCAC.

The Coyotes visit Sterling on Wednesday.

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