Black and Gold closes 2017-18 campaign

Black and Gold closes 2017-18 campaign

Manchester University looks to conclude its year on a high note Saturday, Feb. 17.

Game details: Tip-off time versus Rose-Hulman is 5 p.m. at Stauffer-Wolfe Arena … Live audio, statistics, and video are accessible via links at www.muspartans.com, the Internet home of Manchester University athletics …  A special ceremony honoring women's basketball alumni is set for halftime of the women's game that begins at 3 p.m., while the five-member men's basketball and one-person cheerleading Class of 2018 is recognized before game two tip-off. Fans in attendance will also be treated to performances by the newly-organized Spartanettes dance team and the 2017-18 basketball cheerleaders at halftime of the men's game … Recent series trends have Rose-Hulman's men holding a slight 10-9 edge due to a close-knit 77-72 decision at Hulbert Arena in Terre Haute in December.

Spartan Shorts – The beginning of 2017-18 "Finals Week" for the Spartans saw the team earning high marks in an 85-81 win over Bluffton University at Stauffer-Wolfe Arena Feb. 14. They gave their fans plenty to cheer about, overcoming a pair of early three-point deficits by scoring five of the first half's final seven points to lead 43-39 at the break and extending that roll to 12-4 early in the second frame for a 50-41 advantage in route to the win. Senior guard Brody Kirby (Frankfort, Ind.) kicked off his last days in a Black and Gold uniform in high style, tallying 26 points which were keyed by an 11-of-11 effort at the free throw line and converting on three-of-four three-point attempts. He also shared the steals' lead with fellow Class of 2018 member Kenny Doss, Jr., (Chicago, Ill.) (two). Justin Lukens (Herrin, Ill.) continued the senior theme with 16 points, five rebounds, and five assists, and junior guard Adrian Johnson (Indianapolis, Ind.) tallied 19 points and dished out six assists … Johnson's current double-digit scoring string moved to nine mid-week. He goes into the season finale second on the loop scoring charts (18.9 ppg) and third in assists (4.3 pg). His 1,363 career points rank sixth all-time … The Class of 2018 resume has seen a pair of HCAC tournament appearances which featured a run to the Final Four a year ago. They've also aided in a pair of double-digit win campaigns including a high-water mark of 11 in 2015-16 which was the most since 2011-12.