Spartans look to build off second half start

Spartans look to build off second half start

Fresh off a 76-66 win over Earlham last weekend, Manchester University seeks to continue that success Wednesday, Jan. 24.

Game details: The Spartans face off against Defiance College … Game time is 7:30 p.m. at DC's Karl H. Weaner Center … Live audio, statistics and video can be accessed via links at www.muspartans.com, the Internet home of Manchester University athletics … Including a 79-75 cliffhanger at SWA in early December, Defiance's men have won 11 of the last 13. 

Spartan Shorts – MU (3-18 overall, 1-9 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference) earned its first league win Jan. 20. Trailing the Quakers 36-33 at the break, Coach Gerad Good's side was in search of a boost. Enter an 18-of-25 effort at the free throw line in the final 20 minutes that, coupled with a cold shooting spell from the home team, helped propel the Black and Gold to a needed triumph. Junior guard Adrian Johnson (Indianapolis, Ind.) led the attack with 23 points, 14 of which occurred in the second frame. Points were just part of his story on Schuckman Court inside Druley Performance Gymnasium, though. Johnson also tallied seven rebounds, blocked two Quaker shot attempts, picked up four steals and dished out a pair of assists. Senior forward Kenny Doss, Jr., (Chicago, Ill.) was next in line with 19 points and seven boards, while classmate Enis Becirevic (Fort Wayne, Ind.), patrolling the post, wound up with 14 points. Fellow senior Brody Kirby (Frankfort, Ind.) also turned in a big afternoon with 11 rebounds, six points and a blocked shot … The weekend win kept the Black and Gold on the fringes of the league postseason tourney options. They're just three games behind Anderson University for the sixth spot with plenty of action remaining. A victory at Defiance could move them of the cellar, too … Doss, Jr.'s recent play is among many reasons for optimism down the stretch. He's averaging 13 points, two steals, more than an assist and over three rebounds over the last three contests. A steady shooting performance is the impetus, as the senior is hitting 73.3 percent from the free throw line and 51.8 percent from the field in the span … Kirby's rebound total at Earlham marked a personal single-game career high. His previous best was six which happened twice … Becirevic's pace over the last two games has been meteoric with averages of 15.5 points and four rebounds. He's hitting at better than 57 percent in the period, too.

Mt. St. Joseph Weekend: The Lions pay a visit to Stauffer-Wolfe Arena Saturday, Jan. 27. Tip-off time is 3 p.m.

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