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Ottawa Holds off KWU Men

Mike Hammett - December 7, 2013 8:51 pm

Ottawa used two key runs, a 12-0 run late in the first half and early in the second half, and then a late 8-0 run to pull away again in a 78-62 win over the Kansas Wesleyan men’s basketball team on Saturday at Wilson Fieldhouse in Ottawa.

In the first half, the two teams traded blows early. The Coyotes and Braves had six ties in the first six minutes of the game, as Ottawa tied the game at 13 on a basket by Colin Nichols with 14:09 to play before the break.

Nichols’ bucket was the start of a 14-2 run by the Braves, as Ottawa opened a 25-15 lead .

The Coyotes answered back with a 13-5 spurt, capped on a three by Joey Long to pull within two at 30-28. However, Ottawa would score the final seven points of the half as the Coyotes were held off the board over the final 4:23 of the half.

In the second half, the Ottawa run would continue as the Braves scored the first four points to lead 42-28. KWU would start to chip away, getting back within five at 49-44 at 12:41 to go on a three point play by Chase Owen.

The lead would stay between five and 10 points, until Ottawa used an 8-0 run to turn an eight point lead into a 16 point lead at 68-52. The Braves then cruised to the 78-62 win.

Kansas Wesleyan was led in scoring by 13 points by Michael Johnson and 11 from Dane Brinker. Jacob Lunz had 11 rebounds. The Coyotes shot 36 percent from the floor and 4-for-15 from three at 27 percent.

Ottawa was led by Julian Rose’s 25 points. Colin Nichols added a career high 13 points. Jason Haase pulled in 10 rebounds. Ottawa shot 41 percent from the floor and 5-for-16 from three at 31 percent. Ottawa outrebounded the Coyotes 46-42.

Kansas Wesleyan drops to 2-7 and 0-2 in the KCAC while Ottawa is 5-6 and 1-1 in the KCAC. KWU hosts Southwestern on Thursday.