Pivotal week awaits Men’s Basketball with three key games

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The Coyotes have a busy week with three Kansas Conference games in six days. They begin with Southwestern at 8 p.m. Monday inside Mabee Arena then go to Sterling for an 8 p.m. contest Thursday against the Warriors. They finish with a game against Tabor at 7 p.m. Saturday back in Mabee Arena.


The games will be available online through the Coyote Sports Network at www.kcacnetwork.com/kansaswesleyan. Live Stats will be available at www.kwucoyotes.com. Radio coverage will be on FM-104.9 in the Salina area and around the world at www.ksal.com. Jackson Schneider will have the call with pregame starting at 7:45 p.m. Monday and Thursday and 6:45 p.m. Saturday.



Kansas Wesleyan 14-7 overall, 9-7 KCAC

Southwestern 18-3, 12-3

Sterling 2-19, 0-15 (at Saint Mary Monday)

Tabor 5-14, 3-13 (idle Monday, vs. Saint Mary Thursday)



The Coyotes and Southwestern are 5-5 in the last 10 games. KWU won the first meeting this season 86-67 November 29 in Winfield but the Moundbuilders had won five of six before that. Southwestern has a 20-15 lead since January, 2006.

KWU has dominated Sterling of late winning 10 of 11, including a 102-44 victory December 2 in Mabee Arena in the first game this season. Sterling won the second game last season, ending the Coyotes’ 10-game winning streak. KWU has a 19-14 lead since December, 2005.

The Coyotes have a 19-15 advantage over Tabor since January, 2006 and won the first game this season 85-57 December 4 in Hillsboro. Tabor won twice before that, ending a five-game KWU winning streak.



The Coyotes lost to Ottawa 67-60 Saturday in Ottawa. It was their second consecutive setback and sixth in their last eight games as injuries and illness have taken a toll. KWU led 34-30 at halftime but the Braves took control with a 17-5 run. Easton Hunter (FR/Colwich, Kan.)’s 3-pointer with 2:24 left got KWU within 55-53 before OU scored the next 10 points.

Jun Murdock (SO/Wichita, Kan.) scored 17 while Hunter had 13. The Coyotes shot 37.7 percent for the game (23 of 61) and were 8 of 15 at the foul line.

KWU averages 80 points per game and the opposition 71. The Coyotes are led in scoring by AJ Range (SR/Junction City, Kan.) at 14.8 and Murdock at 13.3; Range also averages a team-best 8.3 rebounds. The Coyotes boast a plus-6.4 rebounding margin (40.3-33.9).



The Moundbuilders are on fire of late having won their eight games. The streak includes an 87-85 overtime victory over conference leader and No. 4-ranked Oklahoma Wesleyan on January 8 in Bartlesville, Okla. – the only game the Eagles have lost this season. Southwestern trounced Saint Mary 97-67 Saturday in Winfield and is 7-2 on the road this season.

Southwestern averages 85 points and shoots 48 percent from the field, 38.5 percent from 3-point range.

Cevin Clark averages a team-best 20 points, Zhahidi Robinson 14.8 and Deng Bol 13.5. Andrew O’Brien averages a team-high 11.1 rebounds to go along with 8.0 points.



The Warriors have lost 15 in a row, are 1-8 at home and 1-9 on the road. They lost to Tabor 78-71 Saturday in Sterling but outscored the Bluejays 38-33 in the second half.

Sterling averages 66.6 points is shooting 39 percent as a team, 29 percent from long range. Opponents are averaging 84.6 points. The Warriors also have a minus-7.3 rebounding margin per game.

Derrian Reed is the top scorer at 16.5 points followed by Colby Baker at 9.4. Reed’s also the top rebounder with 5.0 per game.



The Bluejays’ victory over Sterling on Saturday ended an eight-game losing streak but they’re just 2-10 in their last 12 games. Tabor’s 3-6 on the road this season.

The Bluejays average 65 points and allow 72.4. They’re shooting 41 percent overall, 32 percent from 3-point range and 54.5 percent from the foul line.

Montel Stewart is the top scorer at 9.4 points with Myles Jeffries next at 7.4 Bruno Araujo averages a team-best 6.4 rebounds.