Back-to-back league road games next for Spartans

Back-to-back league road games next for Spartans

The 2016-17 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference basketball season resumes Wednesday, Jan. 25.

Game details: Manchester University takes a southern trip to Franklin College's Spurlock Center. Tip-off time is 7:30 p.m. … Live audio, statistics and video are available through a link at www.muspartans.com, the Internet home of Manchester University athletics … Recent series history has MU sporting a 9-5 record over the previous 14 games.

Spartan Shorts: Coach Gerad Good's side opens back-to-back loop tests away from home sitting sixth in the conference (4-6) as part of a 6-11 overall record. They've caught fire of late, winning five of their last seven … Taking advantage of an impressive 50 percent team field goal percentage and using vise-like defensive pressure to turn over visiting Earlham College to the tune of 17 times over the final 20 minutes, Manchester University began the second half of 2016-17 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference action on a positive note Jan. 21, winning 67-53. Despite only having sophomore guard Adrian Johnson (Indianapolis, Ind.) and junior forward/center Enis Becirevic (Fort Wayne, Ind.) end in scoring double figures, MU did have 10 players show up in the points column. Johnson led the attack with a sparkling 15-point, five-assist, seven-steal late afternoon, while Becirevic came off the bench and gave the inside game a lift with 11 points, three rebounds, a blocked shot and two steals … Despite seeing a run of three successive double-figure scoring games conclude, freshman guard Erik Bell (Evansville, Ind.) resumed his frenetic assists' pace. He's dished out multiples in eight straight appearances, a span in which he's garnering just over five per contest. Looking into other individual trends, Johnson's seven steals versus Earlham were a single-game career high and marked the eighth time this season he's picked off two-or-more. Becirevic finished in scoring double-figures for the 10th time in a Spartans' uniform and for the first time this season … Senior guard Tyler Alexander (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Johnson hold down top 10 residence in two HCAC statistical categories as of Jan. 21 games. Alexander is fifth in scoring (17.2 ppg) and fourth in field goal percentage (61.2), and Johnson is leading the way in steals (two pg) and is eighth in free throw accuracy (83.3 pct.). Bell and senior guard Chase Casteel (Monrovia, Ind.) have similar residence, as the freshman guard's 3.2 assists per game are third, and Casteel's six-tenths of a blocked shot per outing is tied for eighth.

On the Horizon: Manchester University faces a road doubleheader at Mt. St. Joseph Saturday, Jan. 28. Game times are 3 p.m. for the women and 5 p.m. for the men. Next week's mid-week slate features the men's team hosting Bluffton University and the women taking the short eastern trip Wednesday, Feb. 1. Tip-off is 7:30 at each site.