League home opener next for MU

League home opener next for MU

Defiance College of Ohio's trip to North Manchester, Ind. raises the curtain on the 2015-16 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference schedule Wednesday, Dec. 2.

Game details: Tipoff time is 7:30 p.m. at Stauffer-Wolfe Arena … Live audio, statistics and video is available via a link at www.muspartans.com, the Internet home of Manchester University athletics.

Spartan Shorts: Senior forward Matt Brown (Hobart, Ind.) picked up the program's first HCAC Player of the Week award for 2015-16 Nov. 30. He led the Black and Gold to a split over the holiday week, scoring 19 points, on 7-for-8 shooting, with five rebounds and one assist in an 89-77 loss to Calvin Nov. 24 and coming back with 17 points, nine rebounds and four assists in a 78-67 win over Kalamazoo Nov. 29. Brown averaged 18.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 2.5 assists per game, while shooting 70.6% from the field (12-for-17) and 60.0% (6-for-10) from behind the arc in the two contests … Brown's numbers were just part of the story for Coach Gerad Good's squad at Kalamazoo Sunday, as a 9-2 run in the latter stages of the second half helped seal MU's second victory. With the host Hornets pulling within one (59-58) with 7:38 remaining, the stretch moved the margin back out to eight, and they didn't look back, building the advantage out to as much as 15. The outside combination of Brown and junior guard Blake Brouwer (Elkhart, Ind.) combined for seven three-pointers and 31 points. Senior guard Brady Dolezal (Tipton, Ind.)turned in a big afternoon, tallying 11 points, five assists and a pair of blocked shots; sophomore guard Brody Kirby (Frankfort, Ind.) came off the bench for a 10-point game; and junior guard Chase Casteel (Monrovia, Ind.) had a huge day in the paint, just missing a double-double by compiling eight points and 16 rebounds … Dolezal recorded the sixth double-digit game in his last seven contests dating back to the end of the 2014-15 campaign, while Casteel's 16 boards were the most in a game for MU since January of 2012 … Through five games, Casteel is second on the league's rebounding chart, averaging 9.6 per game, while sophomore forward Enis Becirevic's 65.4 field goal percentage is fourth-highest … Manchester University looks to stop a seven-game DC win streak in the series. The Spartans' last victory occurred at home during the 2011-12 season.

Hanover Twinbill: The Panthers visit North Manchester Saturday, Dec. 5, for a women's and men's conference doubleheader. Game times are 1 p.m. for the women and 3 p.m. for the men.