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Second Half Run Sends Baker Past KWU

Mike Hammett - November 12, 2013 9:00 pm

The Baker University men’s basketball team used a 20-2 run early in the second half to flip the game and cruised to a 83-63 win over Kansas Wesleyan University on Tuesday night in Baldwin City.

KWU started out well, leading 8-2 before Baker tied the game at 10. The Coyotes led by as much as nine in the first half at 30-21 on a basket by Chase Owen with six minutes to play.

The game then turned in Baker’s favor. A 10-0 Wildcat run gave Baker a 31-30 lead, but the Coyotes got two free throws from Dylan Hidalgo to lead 32-31 at halftime.

The Coyotes led by as much as four in the second half at 41-37 on a three by Garrett Pasold, but Baker responded with a 20-2 run, going up 57-43 with 11:28 to go. The Coyotes broke the run with a bucket by Dane Brinker, but it was too late. Baker ran the lead to as much as 25 down the stretch.

Kansas Wesleyan was led by Hidalgo and Brock Borovetz with 11 points each. Joey Long led the Coyotes six rebounds.

Baker was paced by 16 points from Javeion Gray, and had double doubles from EJ Carter and Eric Watson in the win.

Kansas Wesleyan shot 35 percent from the floor for the game, and 27 percent from three. Baker hit 45 percent of its shots, including 59 percent in the second half. The Coyotes were outrebounded 47-34 in the game.

The Coyotes  drop to 2-3 on the season while Baker is 2-2. Kansas Wesleyan hosts Central Christian at 7:30pm on Thursday at Mabee Arena. Pregame coverage begins at 7:20 on Classic Hits 104.9 and online at ksal.com.