Spartans start two-game road trip

Spartans start two-game road trip

The first of two match-ups against Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference rival Anderson University concludes the first half of the league schedule Wednesday, Jan. 20.

Game details: Tipoff time is 7:30 p.m. at AU's O.C. Lewis Gymnasium … Live audio can be heard via a link at www.muspartans.com, the Internet home of Manchester University athletics.

Spartan Shorts: The Black and Gold (8-7 overall, 5-3 HCAC) saw a four-game win skein halted by Transylvania University Jan. 16. Despite that, MU is tied with the Pioneers for fourth, just a game behind Defiance College and Hanover College for second and only two back of league-leading Mt. St. Joseph on the league standings … Freshman guard Adrian Johnson's sparkling first collegiate campaign resumed in front of the crowd at Stauffer-Wolfe Arena Saturday. The Indianapolis, Ind., native turned in 25 points, on 10-of-18 shooting, dished out eight assists and picked up a steal to guide the way in the 78-74 final against TU. Junior guard Blake Brouwer (Elkhart, Ind.) also had a strong afternoon, tallying 15 points, a blocked shot and six rebounds. Johnson ran his double-figure scoring streak to eight straight games. He's been at-or-above 20-points-or-more five times in the period, as his scoring average has sky-rocketed nearly four points (13.6-17.3) in the span … Four members of Coach Gerad Good's squad rank among the HCAC's top five statistically to date. Senior forward Matt Brown (Hobart, Ind.) and Johnson hold leads in three-point field goal accuracy (Brown – 52.1 pct.) and steals (Johnson – 1.9 pg) while Johnson is fifth in scoring (17.3 ppg); Brouwer is fourth in blocked shots (.9 pg); and junior guard Chase Casteel (Monrovia, Ind.) is fifth in rebounding (6.9 pg) … Johnson's steals numbers play well on the current NCAA Division III national statistics, too. He's 75th in overall takeaways and 87th in steals per game. Senior guard Brady Dolezal (Tipton, Ind.) also finds himself in the top 100, ranking No. 60 in total free throw attempts (92), and the team's 47.6 field goal conversion rate is No. 44 … Anderson University holds a modest four-game win string in the series with the Black and Gold behind sweeps of the 2013-14 and 2014-15 editions. In four of the last eight campaigns, it's been a split decision.

Earlham Trip: Manchester University makes a southern swing to Richmond, Ind., Saturday, Jan. 23. Game times against the Quakers are 2 p.m. for the men and 4 p.m. for the women.