Coyote men rout Sterling 102-44
One thing is certain about the Kansas Wesleyan men’s basketball team.
Every night you’ll see a different person speak up for the Coyotes.
Thursday night, the spotlight was on Cory Kaplan (SO / Merritt Island, Florida).
Kaplan put on a show for the Coyotes against the Sterling Warriors inside Mabee Arena in KWU’s 102-44 rout against the Warriors, scoring a game-high 23 points.
Most impressive for Kaplan was the 12-2 personal run early in the second half that gave KWU a 59-28 lead with 15:31 left in the game.
“He’s always a different guy every night,” Wesleyan coach Anthony Monson said. “Cory (Kaplan) had a big second half, Marcel (Dean) had a big second half for us.
“We played a bit slow in the first half, we didn’t take care of the ball, but we ended the half pretty well and took advantage of that momentum in the second half.”
Wesleyan led by fours, 25-21 with 7:24 left in the first half, but the offense started to click as the Coyotes ended the half on a 16-2 streak to lead 41- 23 at the break.
“Everyone believes in each other, no matter who we put down,” Monson said. “They are all convinced they can do the job.”
The Coyotes were leading 50-25 as Kaplan continued their run to 12-2.
Wesleyan locked on the defensive end of the field in the second half, keeping the Warriors just 21 points on 7 of 26 (26.9%) shots, while scoring 61 on the offensive end.
All but two of the 17 Coyotes who played scored as KWU shot 55.1% from the field for the game (38 of 69) and hit 12 3 points. Dean added 11 points off the bench, along with freshman Alex Littlejohn (FR / Newton, Kan.) Who also had 11 points with five rebounds.
“We have a lot of guns on this team. We just have to make sure that every night we play hard and protect on the defensive end, ”said Monson. “I will only award 44 points every night.”
Wesleyan dominated on boards 47-25, punctuated by eight from Jun Murdock (SO / Wichita, Kan.) And six from AJ Range (SR / Junction City, Kan.) And Trey Duffey (SO / Topeka, Kan.).
The Coyotes, who are on their 10 best start to the season since 2000-01 at 9-1, will play their fourth game in seven days on Saturday at Tabor in Hillsboro. The tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Tabor Gym.
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