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McPherson Runs Away from KWU in OT

Mike Hammett - February 13, 2014 10:16 pm

A wild second half saw 14 lead changes and seven ties, but McPherson pulled away in overtime to take a 102-95 victory over Kansas Wesleyan, eliminating the Coyote men’s basketball team from postseason tournament contention.

Early, the Coyotes were in control. Wesleyan scored nine of the first 13 points, with Dane Brinker’s jumper with the shot clock winding down staking the Coyotes to a 9-4 lead. McPherson would get back within two at 9-7, but the Coyotes then scored seven straight, capped on free throws by Michael Johnson to lead 16-7 with 13:41 to go in the half.

Then, McPherson caught fire from three-point range. Samson Shivers hit a deep three to start the McPherson spurt. With the Coyotes up 18-12, Shivers hit another three to cut the deficit in half. Erik DeRoo brought McPherson within two at 20-18, and then the Bulldogs took the lead on Kyle Lakin’s three. D’onte Woods added a three-point play to stretch the Bulldog lead to 24-20.

McPherson would push the lead out to nine at 36-27 with 4:31 left in the half before the Coyote defense settled down and Wesleyan made a push. The Coyotes scored 13 of the final 18 points of the half, scoring the final six points on a three by Brock Borovetz and a three by Chase Owen just shy of the halftime buzzer cut the deficit to one at 41-40.

The second half was wild. The teams combined for 14 lead changes and seven ties after halftime. Both teams led by as much as four in the half. McPherson built a 66-61 lead with 8:41 left. The Coyotes answered with five straight points, including a three-point play by Brinker to tie the game at 66 with 6:01 left.

The lead continued to bounce around until McPherson took an 80-76 lead on a basket by Devirous Johnson with 1:08 left. The Coyotes answered with a basket by Michael Johnson with :55 seconds left. After a steal, the Coyotes got two free throws from Borovetz to tie the game at 80 with :25.7 seconds left. McPherson was unable to score on the final possession, sending the game to overtime.

In the extra frame, the Coyotes tied the game at 82 early, but then Samson Shivers came to life, hitting three deep three-pointers as McPherson went up as much as nine in overtime at 102-93, proving to be just too much for the Coyotes.

Michael Johnson and Brock Borovetz have 19 points each for the Coyotes, while Dane Brinker adds 17, Dylan Hidalgo had 12 and Jacob Lunz tallied 11. Shivers led five Bulldogs in double figures with 26 points and hit eight-of-12 three point attempts.

McPherson improves to 13-14, 6-9 in the KCAC, and clinches a spot in the conference tournament. Kansas Wesleyan drops to 4-21 overall and 2-13 in the KCAC and will miss the conference tournament for the fourth straight year.

The Coyotes visit Bethany on Saturday. Pregame coverage begins at 4:50pm with women’s tip-off at 5 and the men at 7 on Classic Hits 104.9.