FREMONT, Neb. – Midland University’s men’s basketball team dropped to 2-2 on the season after a difficult loss to Kansas Wesleyan on Thursday night. The Warriors (2-2, 1-0 GPAC) fell to the Coyotes 75-50 as Midland struggled against a stout Kansas Wesleyan defense that never allowed the Warriors to get comfortable.
Kansas Wesleyan held Midland to a season-low 50 points and a mere 19 percent from three-point range (4-21). The Coyotes came away with nine steals and turned 18 Midland turnovers into 28 points.
The Coyotes also outrebounded the Warriors 36-27 and benefitted off of 12 offensive rebounds, turning them into 18 second-chance points.
Kansas Wesleyan was led by starting guard James Brooks, who finished with a game-high 19 points on 7-12 shooting from the field, including 5-7 from three-point range. Brendon Ganaway was the only other Coyote in double figures, contributing 11 points off the bench. In all, 13 different Coyotes scored in the game.
Midland’s lone double-digit scorer was freshman Tariq Deere, who scored 12 points off the bench on 5-6 shooting from the field. Deere also grabbed three rebounds and went 2-2 from the free throw line.
Starters only totaled 13 points for the Warriors as head coach Oliver Drake shuffled lineups frequently throughout the game, trying to find a group of five that could check out defensively for rebounds and get into an offensive system. During the first half the Warriors used five of their allotted six timeouts.
Kansas Wesleyan successfully shut down two of Midland’s best offensive weapons in junior Bryce Parsons and freshman Bowen Sandquist. Parsons finished with just six points on 3-7 shooting, but the guard did hand out four assists.
Sandquist was limited to just three points. He had not been held under 14 points this season until the Coyotes hounded him. The sharp-shooting freshman had little to no room to operate and finished 1-10 shooting from the floor, including 1-9 from behind the arc.
Kansas Wesleyan led wire-to-wire and steadily grew its lead throughout the game. After leading by 15 at the break, the Coyotes led by as many as 28 during the second half.
The Warriors get back into GPAC play on Saturday when they face off against No. 17 Dakota Wesleyan (4-0, 1-0 GPAC) at Wikert Event Center. Tipoff on November 10 is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.