KALAMAZOO, MICH. – Junior guard/forward Silas Sims (Hope, Ind.) poured in 23 points to lead Manchester University in its opening game of the 2013 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference – Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Challenge contest.
The Spartans, dipping to 0-4, gave the host Hornets of Kalamazoo College all they could handle inside the Anderson Athletic Center.
Shooting better than 51 percent from the field, MU bolted out to a 16-7 lead less than five minutes in. They increased the advantage to as much as 17 later in the first frame, but Kalamazoo (1-0) used a 27-10 flurry over the final 9:28 to secure a 41-41 halftime tie. The two sides traded the lead five times to open the second half before a key 14-3 roll from Kzoo, beginning at 10:32 and ending at 6:19, gave them a 69-61 lead they wouldn't relinquish.
Sims had a good eye from the field, hitting on nine-of-13 attempts overall and three-of-six tries from outside the arc en route to a personal single-game points' high. Junior guard Grant Newlin (Muncie, Ind.) added 15 points, while freshman guard Blake Brouwer (Elkhart, Ind.) and sophomore forward Matt Brown (Hobart, Ind.) were also in double figures with 14 and 13 points, respectively. Other top numbers went to Sims (two steals), junior guard Nate Feitshans (Arcanum, Ohio) (six assists), and junior guard Caleb Jackson (New Castle, Ind.) (five rebounds).
MU continues play in the HCAC-MIAA Challenge Friday, Nov. 22, against in-state rival Trine University. Tip-off inside the Anderson Athletic Center on Kalamazoo College's campus is 8 p.m.