Match-ups with Bluffton University of Ohio are next for Manchester University Wednesday, Jan. 21.
Game specifics: Tip-off times are 7:30 p.m. for the men inside Stauffer-Wolfe Arena on MU's campus and the women at BU's Sommer Center … Live audio, statistics and video for both contests can be accessed via links at www.muspartans.com, the Internet home of Manchester University athletics.
Spartan Shorts: Behind a hard-nosed 40-minute outing, the Spartans (3-12 overall, 2-6 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference) overcame a pair of eight-point deficits and took off on a game-deciding 18-5 run from the 7:16 to 1:18 marks of the second half in route to a 74-73 win over visiting Hanover College Jan. 17 in their most recent contest. Junior forward Matt Brown (Hobart, Ind.), after going one-of-three from the field in the first 20 minutes, unleashed a remarkable second half. The junior, piecing together the program's first 30-point-plus contest of the season and since January of last year overall, hit 12-of-16 shot attempts, which included three treys and was a perfect three-of-three at the charity stripe for 30 points in 18 minutes to close a 32-point contest. Sophomore guard Chase Casteel (Monrovia, Ind.) added a pretty decent second half effort. As part of his 15-point game, he scored 12 points, hitting two three-pointers and going a perfect four-of-four at the free throw line … Brown's 32-point evening closed out an impressive week. He tallied 53 points on 21-of-32 shooting to take his scoring average to 16.5 points per contest, a jump of nearly two points from the 14.6 average he took into the period. Casteel reeled off his fourth successive double-digit effort and, like Brown, registered a career single-game high … Brown's heroics against Hanover moved him into the conference's scoring top five, as his 16.5 points-per-game average is fourth-highest. Sophomore guard Blake Brouwer (Elkhart, Ind.) is also a top five resident, as he's fifth in total (55) and fourth in three-point (45.5) field goal percentage … The series with BU has been nip-and-tuck since 2004-05, with MU holding a 12-9 advantage. It was a split last season with each side winning on the other's home floor.
Second Half Opener: Earlham College pays a visit to North Manchester Saturday, Jan. 24, for a women's and men's doubleheader.