Men’s Basketball heads to Sterling Wednesday, hosts Oklahoma Wesleyan Saturday in pivotal KCAC clash

Kansas Wesleyan will look to extend its winning streak and lay claim to sole possession of first place in the Kansas Conference with games this week at Sterling and at home against Oklahoma Wesleyan.

WEDNESDAY’S GAMEOpponent: SterlingTime: 8 p.m.Location: Gleason Center, Sterling


SATURDAY’S GAMEOpponent: Oklahoma WesleyanTime: 8 p.m.Location: Mabee Arena, Salina



  • Kansas Wesleyan 12-4, 9-1 KCAC
  • Sterling 9-6, 5-5 KCAC
  • Oklahoma Wesleyan 15-1, 9-1 KCAC (vs. Friends on Wednesday)


  • The Coyotes have won four of the last five and 14 of the last 16 against Sterling. The Warriors, though, upset them 75-66 in Mabee Arena in the first round of last year’s KCAC tournament. The Coyotes won 81-54 last December in Salina and 87-69 in February in Sterling.
  • KWU will be looking to end a nine-game losing streak against Oklahoma Wesleyan which also has won 13 of the last 14. The Coyotes last victory was in February 2020 in Mabee Arena.


  • The Coyotes take an eight-game winning streak into the game at Sterling. They defeated York 85-69 last Wednesday in York, Nebraska, and toppled Avila 90-71 Saturday inside Mabee Arena. Jun Murdock had 27 points and Easton Hunter 17 against York. Izaiah Hale scored a career-best 27 points, Murdock had 21 and Alex Littlejohn 17 against Avila. Hale was 10 of 14 shooting including 6 of 7 from beyond the 3-point arc.
  • Thurbil Bile, the Coyotes’ senior post player, was named the KCAC Defensive Player of the Week on Monday. He had four steals and a block against York then blocked five shots and a steal to go along with 12 points against Avila.
  • Murdock is fourth in scoring in the KCAC (18.2 points) and Littlejohn fifth (17.1). Littlejohn leads the conference in rebounding and ranks fourth nationally (11.7). Bile is second in the KCAC in blocks with 28.
  • KWU and OKWU entered the week tied atop the KCAC standings with 9-1 records, one game ahead of Southwestern. This is the only game between the teams this season.


  • The Warriors have lost three in a row including a 92-85 double overtime loss to Friends on Saturday in Wichita. They lost to Bethel 64-52 last Wednesday in Sterling and lost to Oklahoma Wesleyan 74-67 January 6 in Bartlesville, Oklahoma.
  • Guards Mooch Austin (15.3) and Brandon Doss (11.4) are the top scorers. Forward Lucas Briar and guard Jayden Garrison also score in double figures (10.1 each). Sterling also has two players who stand 6-feet-10 – starting center Adel Mellack (3.8 points, 4.8 rebounds) and reserve forward Elias Ngoga (4.8 points, 5.3 rebounds).
  • Sterling averages 77.5 points and leads the KCAC in 3-point shooting at 39.3 percent, 43.4 percent overall. Doss, Garrison, and Briar have made at least 30 3-pointers each this season. Opponents are averaging 73 points and shooting 41 percent.


  • The Eagles entered their game Wednesday against Friends having won their last eight. Their only loss was to Southwestern 79-67 December 2 in Bartlesville. They defeated Bethel 78-66 Saturday in North Newton and downed Evangel 85-56 last Wednesday in Bartlesville.
  • As usual OKWU’s strength is rebounding. The Eagles entered the week outrebounding their opponents by just over nine per game and average a whopping 17 assists. Opponents average just 62 points and shoot 38.6 percent overall. OKWU averages 76.3 points and shoots 45 percent.
  • Senior post Jaden Lietzke leads the team in scoring at 15.6 points and grabs 6.7 rebounds per game. Point guard DJ Talton Jr. averages 14.8 points and 5.2 assists, and forward Kaleb Stokes 9.6 points and 7.4 rebounds.