STERLING — The Kansas Wesleyan men’s basketball team rallied from a 13-point second-half deficit to pick up a 86-75 conference road win Tuesday night over Sterling.
It was the first KCAC win of the season for the Coyotes, who are now 3-2 overall and 1-1 in the conference. Sterling falls to 1-3, 1-2.
Sterling led 58-45 after an Isaac Ostrosky 3-pointer with 15:46 to play in the second half. It didn’t take long for Kansas Wesleyan to get back in the game, going on a 14-0 run to lead 59-58.
That run was started with three consecutive 3-pointers, the first from Nathaniel Leach and the next two from James Brooks. It was a Brooks field goal in the lane that put the Coyotes in front with 12:40 remaining.
Wesleyan took the lead for good on an Ithello Cross basket in the paint to make it 64-62. Zach Rammelt’s 3-pointer put the Coyotes up by 10 (77-67) and Sterling was never closer than six the rest of the way.
Brooks had a huge game for Wesleyan, scoring a season-high 31 points, including seven 3-pointers. Leach and Cross had 11 points apiece, with Jordan McNelly, Brendon Ganaway and A.J. Range adding eight points each. McNelly also finished with seven rebounds.
The Coyotes will continue their five-game road trip when they face Colorado School of Mines at 6 p.m. Friday in Golden, Colo. Wesleyan will then face Colorado Christian on Saturday night, and return home Monday to take on McPherson College in an 8 p.m. contest at Mabee Arena.
Sterling women 84, KWU 75
The Kansas Wesleyan women couldn’t keep pace with unbeaten Sterling in the second half, falling in conference play for the first time this season.
Wesleyan falls to 3-4 overall and 1-1 in the KCAC. Sterling is now 7-0, 3-0 in conference.
The Coyotes were tied with the Warriors at 48-all after a pair of Gabbie Miller free throws midway through the third quarter. Sterling followed with an 18-4 run run that stretched into the first two minutes of the fourth quarter and put the Warriors in front 66-52.
Kansas Wesleyan was never closer than seven points the rest of the way and that came in the game’s final 30 seconds.
Sydney Mortensen and Kayla Kivinski led the Coyotes with 12 points each. Amanda Hill added 11 points and Miller had nine. Hill also had seven rebounds for Wesleyan and Kivinski had five assists.
Kylah Comley led Sterling with 35 points and was 12 for 12 on free throw attempts. The Warriors outscored Wesleyan 21-8 on free throws.
The Coyote women will be off until Monday when they face McPherson in a 6 p.m. contest at Mabee Arena. It will be the first conference home game this season for Kansas Wesleyan.