The Bluejays won a solid game over Kansas Wesleyan tonight, 68-44, coming back strong from a tough loss to Sterling on the road Thursday.
The Bluejays started off the game with a 10-point scoring run, holding the Coyotes scoreless for the first five minutes of play time. They continued to maintain their lead over the Coyotes as the first half progressed, thanks in part to a long three-point shot from the Bluejays? Max Frise with six minutes left in the half that made the score 19-13.
The Coyotes rallied in the last five minutes before halftime, drawing within two points with 4:10 left and again within two with a minute left. The Bluejays held a narrow lead, 27-25, as both teams headed into the locker room.
Phillip Jimenez and Lawson Kingsley each hit three-point shots early in the second half, once again giving the Bluejays a comfortable lead over the Coyotes. Ryan Chippeaux also came through in the second half, tipping the ball into the basket from a long pass with ten minutes left, and Jimenez hit another three-pointer to give the Bluejays a 10-point lead, 48-38.
Another Chippeaux basket gave the Bluejays a 22-point lead, 60-38, with just over five minutes left in the game. The Bluejays outscored the Coyotes by 22 points, 41 compared to 19 points, in the second half.
The Coyotes put the ball in with 32 seconds left to make the final score 68-44.
Chippeaux hit the double digits for the Bluejays with 12 points, Jimenez had 13 points and Frise led the Bluejays in scoring with 15 points for the night. Trevor Kuhlman hit the double digits for the Coyotes, scoring 11 points.
The Bluejays fell to conference rival Kansas Wesleyan on the hardwood tonight, 65-60.
The Bluejays rallied to draw within four points seconds before the half and just after it, and they came back to within three points with 3:02 left in the game, they never took the lead away from the Coyotes.
Within the first six minutes of the game the Bluejays trailed the Coyotes 17-8, and the Coyotes continued to build on that lead throughout the first half, racking up their biggest lead with just under ten minutes left in the half, 28-11.
However, sophomore Tynan Honn was strong under the basket for the Bluejays, scoring eight points in the first half and totaling 22 points for the game. Six of those points were in the last five and a half minutes before halftime, helping to fuel the late Bluejays surge that made the score 35-29 going into the locker room.
Though unable to win back the lead, the Bluejays did not allow the Coyotes to extend their lead as far in the second half of the game, preventing the double digit leads of the first half and mostly staying within 10 points of the Coyotes.
With less than five minutes left in the game, Honn scored back-to-back to cut the Coyote lead to three points. However, the Bluejays were unable to capitalize on the opportunity and the Coyotes built back their lead in the final seconds of the game.
Katlyn Mary hit a three-point shot on the buzzer for the Bluejays to make the final score 65-60.
Coming?The Bluejays are scheduled to take on Ottawa University on the road Thursday.