The pre-Christmas portion of Manchester University's 2016-17 schedule concludes Saturday, Dec. 17.
Game details: Tip-off time is 4 p.m. inside Earlham College's Druley Performance Gymnasium … Live audio, statistics and video are available via a link at www.muspartans.com, the Internet home of Manchester University athletics … MU has won eight of the last 12 against EC and also claimed both contests a year ago.
Spartan Shorts: Coach Gerad Good's squad seeks its first HCAC victory. Their 1-6 overall and 0-3 conference record could've been quite different as five of their six defeats, including the three in loop action, have occurred by nine points or less … The guard duo of senior Tyler Alexander (Indianapolis, Ind.)and sophomore Adrian Johnson (Indianapolis, Ind.) is one-two in scoring with Alexander averaging 16.1 per game and Johnson at 15.7 per contest. Alexander is also the leader in rebounding (5.9 pg) and assists (16), while Johnson is at the front of the class in steals (12). Those numbers and others have translated well for the pair on the conference charts, as Alexander is 10th in points, rebounds, field goal percentage (52.6), and Johnson's 80 percent conversion rate at the charity stripe is eighth-best among individuals attempting 20-or-more free throws, and they are number one (Johnson) and No. 7 (Alexander) in steals per game at 1.7 and 1.4, respectively … Alexander has reeled off seven straight double-digit scoring games. His average has seen a big jump in the last three outings, as he's up from 12 to 16.1 pg in the span due to tallying better than 21 points per contest in the span. Johnson is on a similar role with five successive double-digit outputs that've seen his average go up nearly two points (13.7-15.5) … Senior guard Blake Brouwer (Elkhart, Ind.) has shown consistency in regards to field goal conversion. He's hit at a 50 percent rate or higher in each of the three games he's seen court time.
On The Horizon: MU's men host North Park University of Illinois for a 7 p.m. game Monday, Dec. 19, and then break from action until Thursday, Dec. 29. The Spartans' women's squad is off until Tuesday, Dec. 27, after the Earlham clash when they go to Kalamazoo College of Michigan.