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Ottawa’s Rebounding Sparks Win over KWU Men

Mike Hammett - January 29, 2014 10:52 pm

Yet again, Kansas Wesleyan’s men’s basketball team had a second half lead.

Yet again, it slipped away.

Kansas Wesleyan lost a 15-point lead as Ottawa rallied for a 90-87 win over the Coyotes on Wednesday night at Mabee Arena.

It was a slow start for Wesleyan. Ottawa scored 11 of the first 13 points to lead 11-2 with 16:35 to go in the half on a bucket by Alex Lundry.

The Coyotes slowly climbed back in the game. A basket by Brock Borovetz and a three by Dane Brinker pulled the Coyotes back within four at 11-7. The Coyotes would keep the deficit between four and six points for the next few minutes.

Then, Wesleyan made a move for the lead. The Coyotes used an 11-2 run to take a 25-22 lead on a three by Garret Pasold with 9:37 left. Wesleyan would slowly build an 11 point lead at 46-35 on a foul-line jumper by Dominique Johnson with 44 seconds left in the half.

Ottawa closed the half on a three-point play by Colby Regier to cut the deficit to 46-38 at halftime.

In the second half, Wesleyan would continue to dominate early. The Coyotes built a 15-point lead at 57-42 on a basket by Brock Borovetz with 16:42 left.

Then, the game flipped for the Braves. Ottawa would go on a 17-4 run to pull back within two at 61-59 with 9:48 left.

Wesleyan responded with a 6-0 run to go back up eight at 67-59 with 8:29 left. Ottawa would slowly chip away to take a 75-74 lead with 4:48 left on free throws by Julian Rose.

Wesleyan answered with Michael Johnson’s three-point play to take a 77-75 lead, but Ottawa answered with a bucket by Lundry to tie the game at 77.

The Coyotes would score six straight, thanks to a three by Braxton Stein, to lead 83-77. However, Ottawa would score 10 straight to go up 87-83. The Coyotes got the lead down to three at 88-85, and had a chance for the tie, but Borovetz’s three came up short and Ottawa held on for the 90-87 win.

Dominique Johnson led five Coyotes in double figures with 17 points. Dylan Hidalgo added 14, while Michael Johnson had 13, Borovetz chipped in 11 and Brinker had 10. Lundry led Ottawa with 27 points and Kameron Lindsay added 20 points.

Ottawa outrebounded the Coyotes by 19 in the game and 21 alone in the second half.

Kansas Wesleyan drops to 4-17 on the season and 2-9 in the KCAC. The Coyotes are at Southwestern on Saturday.