Black and Gold close out pre-Christmas HCAC slate

Black and Gold close out pre-Christmas HCAC slate

A Saturday, Dec. 12, trip to Mt. St. Joseph University of Ohio resumes a busy final month of 2015.

Game details: Tipoff time is 5 p.m. at MSJ's Harrington Center … Live audio, stats and video are available via a link at www.muspartans.com, the Internet home of Manchester University athletics.

Spartan Shorts: Junior guard Chase Casteel (Monrovia, Ind.) and sophomore forward Enis Becirevic (Fort Wayne, Ind.) enter the weekend ranked in the HCAC's statistical top five. Casteel is the league's leading rebounder, averaging 8.9 per game, while Becirevic is third in field goal accuracy (69.4 pct.) … Senior guard Brady Dolezal (Tipton, Ind.) joins Casteel as a conference top spot holder as his 39 makes and 61 attempts are both at the head of the class. The numbers also transfer well on to the NCAA Division III statistics report, as he is No. 19 in attempts and No. 48 in makes nationally … MU sports a 2-5 overall and 0-2 conference mark. They're coming off an 82-64 home defeat at the hands of Hanover College Dec. 5. Dolezal, leading the way scoring-wise for the third time this season with his second 20-points-plus effort, tallied 21 to go with five rebounds and a pair of assists. Becirevic, who logged his second double-digit scoring mark and grabbed a personal single-game high in rebounds, tallied 11 off the bench to go with five boards and three steals, and the guard tandem of Casteel and junior Blake Brouwer (Elkhart, Ind.) registered 10 points apiece. Casteel just missed being in double-double territory with nine boards … Despite being swept by the Lions during the 2014-15 campaign, recent series history has been nip and tuck with MSJ holding a slim 13-10 edge. Six of the previous 11 years have ended with the two sides splitting results.

Return Home: MU's women take on Kalamazoo College in an HCAC-Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association clash Tuesday, Dec. 15, while the Spartans' men's squad hosts Finlandia University of Michigan Wednesday, Dec. 16. Game times are 7 p.m. for the women and 3 p.m. for the men at Stauffer-Wolfe Arena.

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