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Second Chance Points Lead Southwestern Men Past KWU

Mike Hammett - December 13, 2013 6:21 am

Second chance points and rebounding kept Southwestern alive, and the Moundbuilders picked up a free throw with three-tenths of a second left to defeat Kansas Wesleyan’s men’s basketball team 65-64 at Mabee Arena Thursday night.

After a back-and-forth start early, Southwestern used a 6-0 spurt to open up a 16-8 lead with 13:04 to go in the half on a basket by Vince Folston. The Builders would push the lead to 10 at 24-14 with 6:15 to go in the half.

However, Kansas Wesleyan slowly started to get the offense going down the stretch of the half, scoring 12 of the final 16 points. The Coyotes tied the game at 26 on free throws by Dominique Johnson, but Southwestern picked up a basket by Jordan Giddings to lead 28-26 at the break.

In the second half, the Coyotes would continue their push, scoring 17 of the first 26 points to go up 43-37 with 12:26 left on a basket by Brock Borovetz. Southwestern would answer, though, tying the game at 45 thanks to William Tisdale with 9:04 left.

Kansas Wesleyan would pull away again, building an eight-point lead with 5:30 left on a basket by Braxton Stein to lead 60-52.

However, the Coyotes would score just four more points down the stretch. Southwestern took advantage of the drought, tying the game at 62 with 2:38 left on free throws by Jordan Giddings. The Builders used individual free throws by Vince Folston and Tyler Shirley to take a 64-62 lead with 35 seconds left.

The Coyotes would tie the game on two free throws by Borovetz with 17 seconds left, but Southwestern would get the winning free throw from Lipsey on a foul called virtually simultaneously with the final buzzer. The officials ruled the whistle came before the buzzer, and added three-tenths of a second to the clock.

Kansas Wesleyan was led in scoring by Dominique Johnson with 16 points, while Borovetz added 12 and Dylan Hidalgo had 11. Southwestern’s Cam Clark had 22 points and Giddings had 13 points.

Southwestern outrebounded Kansas Wesleyan 57-34, and had 26 second chance points to just eight for the Coyotes.

Kansas Wesleyan has lost six straight and falls to 2-8 and 0-3 in the KCAC. Southwestern is 7-3 and 1-2 in the league.

The Coyotes host Saint Mary at 4pm on Saturday.