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KWU’s Long Named Defensive Player of Week

KSAL Sports - February 18, 2014 5:03 pm

Kansas Wesleyan’s Joey Long (SO, Broken Arrow, Okla.) has been named as the KCAC Men’s Basketball Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts in helping the Coyotes to a 1-1 record last week including Saturday’s upset victory over Bethany in Lindsborg.

Long, a sophomore forward from Broken Arrow, Okla., averaged 4.5 blocks and 4.0 rebounds per game in two contests for the Coyotes last week. On Thursday in Wesleyan’s 102-95 overtime loss to McPherson, Long had three rebounds, four blocks and five steals in 19 minutes of play. On Saturday at Bethany, he had five rebounds, five blocks and a steal to help the Coyotes knock off the Swedes 91-81 for their first win in Lindsborg since 2009.

On the season, Long leads the KCAC in blocks per game averaging 2.04 swats per game and ranks No. 6 in the NAIA in total blocks with 53 and No. 7 in the nation in blocks per game.

Long joined Friends’ Joe Mitchell who earned KCAC Men’s Basketball Player of the Week honors for a sixth time this season.

Wesleyan has two more games left in the 2013-14 season, as the Coyotes look to make it two-in-a-row, facing winless Bethel on Thursday in North Newton and closing out the season on Saturday hosting Sterling at Mabee Arena.