A pair of back-to-back Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference doubleheaders begins Saturday, Dec. 3, for Manchester University.
Game details: Tip-off times are 3 p.m. for the men and 5 p.m. for the women at Collier Arena on the campus of Hanover College … Live statistics and audio/video can be accessed via links at www.muspartans.com, the Internet home of Manchester University athletics … MU's road twinbill set resumes Wednesday, Dec. 7, at Defiance College.
Spartan Shorts: The Spartans opened a home-and-away week Nov. 30, dispatching of Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association foe Olivet College 99-67 at Stauffer-Wolfe Arena. The Black and Gold (1-3) was on fire from the field, hitting at better than a 60 percent clip overall and in mountain-top range from outside the arc, too, draining seven of 16 attempts for 43.8 percent. Sophomore guard Adrian Johnson (Indianapolis, Ind.) dropped in 20 points, his third double-digit effort in four games, to go with five assists; the freshman duo of guard Erik Bell (Evansville, Ind.) and forward/center Chris Hill (Fort Wayne, Ind.) came off the bench for 13 points each, as Bell did his damage from outside the arc hitting four of six attempts, while Hill was tough for the Comets to handle in the paint, going for his first collegiate double-double of 13 and 10 rebounds; while senior guard Tyler Alexander (Indianapolis, Ind.) and senior Chase Casteel (Monrovia, Ind.) added 11 points each, as Casteel had a banner night with five assists and six rebounds … Wednesday's outputs marked the most points in a game since last January when MU put 105 up against Franklin and the most rebounds in a game (55) since November of 2012 when the Spartans gathered 58 against Kalamazoo … Johnson, ranked 10th in the conference, and Alexander lead the team's points-per-game averages at 15.8 and 12, respectively; Casteel's 6.5 boards are first for Manchester University and tied for sixth in the league; Casteel and Bell are each above the 40 percent range in three-point field goal accuracy as Bell's blistering 64.3 pace leads the HCAC; and Hill, the program's blocked shot leader (.8 per game), is 10th in the conference to spotlight the early season statistics … The series against the Panthers has been nearly dead even over the last eight years with season splits being the story five times.