Coyotes close out first semester this week at Ottawa, hosting Saint Mary

The Kansas Wesleyan Men’s Basketball team closes out its fall semester schedule this week as KWU heads to Ottawa on Wednesday to take on the Braves and hosts Saint Mary on Saturday inside Mabee Arena.WEDNESDAYKWU at Ottawa, 8 p.m., Wilson Field House in OttawaSATURDAYSaint Mary at KWU, 7 p.m., Mabee ArenaLIVE COVERAGE

TEAM RECORDSKansas Wesleyan: 6-4, 3-1 KCACOttawa: 6-3, 2-2 KCACSaint Mary: 5-5, 1-3 KCAC (host Friends on Wednesday)THE SERIESAgainst Ottawa, the Coyotes have won three in a row and are 5-5 in the last 10 games. KWU swept last year’s meetings, December 7 in Salina 78-77; and February 4 in Ottawa 87-76. This will be the 196th meeting between the teams. Ottawa leads the all-time series 107-88.Against Saint Mary, KWU has won two straight, both match-ups last season. KWU is 8-2 in the last 10 meetings between the teams. KWU won 86-62 on December 10 in Leavenworth and 80-68 on February 8 in Mabee Arena last season. KWU holds a slight 24-23 lead in the all-time series between the teams. The teams did not play in 2020-21 due to COVID.LOOKING AT THE COYOTES

  • KWU enters the week on a 2-game winning streak after sweeping McPherson and Bethany last week. Alex Littlejohn had yet another double-double against Bethany with 20 points and 11 rebounds as the Coyotes beat the Swedes. KWU also got 14 from Jun Murdock and 10 from Izaiah Hale in the win.
  • Murdock leads the Coyotes in scoring overall at 18 points per game while Littlejohn adds 16 per game. In conference play, Littlejohn leads the way with 19.5 per game and Murdock at 15.8. Littlejohn is averaging 11.3 rebounds per game overall and 13.5 per game in conference play.
  • Jun Murdock has 991 points in his KWU career, after reaching 1000 total career points last season.
  • KWU is averaging 80.2 points per game on the season while shooting 46.9 percent from the field, 30.7 percent from 3-point range and 76.7 percent at the free throw line. KWU is averaging 34.2 rebounds per game. Opponents are averaging 75.5 points per game, while shooting 44.4 percent from the field, 32 percent from 3, and 72.2 percent at the line. Opponents are averaging 35.1 rebounds per game.


  • Ottawa has won its last two after starting KCAC action 0-2. Ottawa beat Friends 97-91 on Saturday in Wichita. The Braves scored 53 second half points to overcome a half time deficit for the win. Jayden Hibbitt had 25 for the Braves and Deondre Buggage had 22 as six reached double figures.
  • Hibbitt is Ottawa’s leading scorer at 21.1 per game while Buggage addes 16.9 and Kamren Woods 12.8. Angok Anyang is Ottawa’s top rebounder at 9.4 per game.
  • Ottawa is averaging 84.4 points per game while shooting 46 percent from the field, 35.5 percent from 3, and 72.4 percent at the line. The Braves average 40 rebounds per game. Ottawa’s opponents average 80.3 points per game while shooting 44 percent from the field, 35.4 percent from distance and 72 percent at the line. Ottawa’s opponents average 38.8 rebounds per game.
  • Aaron Siebenthall is in his ninth season as head coach at Ottawa, and his 18th overall with the program.


  • Saint Mary has lost three straight after Saturday’s 69-63 set back at Bethel. Demarius Houston and Deshaud St. Martin had 17 each for the Spires in the loss.
  • St. Martin is Saint Mary’s leading scoring at 16.5 per game, while Houston averages 12.4 and Bryce Johnson adds 11.5. St. Martin also tops the Spires in rebounding at 8.3 per game.
  • Saint Mary averages 69.2 points per game, while holding opponents to 67.4 per contest. Saint Mary shoots 41.7 percent from the field, 31 percent from 3-point range and 63.2 percent at the free throw line. USM averages 34.2 rebounds per game. Saint Mary’s opponents shoot 42.7 percent from the field, 35.9 percent from 3, and 70.3 percent at the line. Opponents average 35.4 rebounds per game.
  • Troy Brown is in his 10th season as Saint Mary’s head coach, taking over the program as interim coach in the 2014-15 season. He also was an assistant for three years at USM.