Wichita, Kan. – For the second week in a row All five KCAC Matchups including KGSO 1410 AM Game of the Week are on Wednesday Night this week. University of Saint Mary is leads men's basketball in the KCAC with a 10-0 conference record. Sterling College is two games back at 8-2.
KGSO 1410 AM Wednesday Night Game of the Week: Southwestern (14-7, 5-5) at Kansas Wesleyan (5-15, 2-8)
Last week: 1/16 L. at Saint Mary 70-61; 1/19 def. Friends 81-53
Upcoming: Next 1/23 at Kansas Wesleyan 8:00 p.m.; 1/26 at Southwestern 7:00 p.m.
Southwestern dropped both of its games last week and move to 5-5 in the conference. The last time these two teams met Southwestern won a close game, 87-86. Cameron Clark leads the Moundbuilders in scoring at 13.3 points per game, and rebounds with 8.7 per game. Clark scored 15 points against Saint Mary last week, and 10 against Friends. Williams Tisdale scored 15 in the game against Saint Mary. The Moundbuilders possess the second highest scoring offense in the conference, scoring 77.6 points per game.
Last week: 1/16 L. at Tabor 90-84; 1/19 L. at Ottawa 83-75
Upcoming: Next 1/23 vs. Southwestern 8:00 p.m.; 1/26 vs. Saint Mary 4:00 p.m.
Kansas Wesleyan also lost both of its games last week, and have now lost four of its last five. Canon Fields scored 24 points against Ottawa and 29 against Tabor, and has scored more than points in three straight games. Against Ottawa, Kansas Wesleyan had four scorers in double-figures, led by Fields' 24. Michael Johnson scored 14, Brock Borovetz added 12, and Dane Brinker scored 10. Kansas Wesleyan has the third highest scoring offense in the conference with 75.7 points per game, two points behind Southwestern.
@ScoreboardShow Saturday Night Game of the Week: Sterling (14-7, 8-2) at Southwestern (14-7, 5-5)
Last week: 1/16 L. at Bethany 78-73; 1/19 def. Tabor 71-59
Upcoming: Next 1/23 at Ottawa 8:00 p.m.; 1/26 at Southwestern 7:00 p.m.
Sterling had its seven-game winning streak snapped last week against Bethany, but can start a new one after its victory over Tabor. Eddie Adesodun scored 21 points in the game, while Adam Brown had 13 points and 13 rebounds. In the first meeting against Ottawa, the Warriors emerged victorious by three points. Sterling owns the conference's best field goal percentage defense, allowing its opponents to shoot only 39.8% from the field.
Additional KCAC Previews
Bethany (8-10, 4-6)
Last week: 1/16 def. Sterling 78-73; 1/19 def. McPherson 61-59
Upcoming: Next 1/23 at Bethel 8:00 p.m.; 1/26 vs. Tabor 7:00 p.m.
Bethany won both of its games last week, after winning just one of their last eight previously. Trey Beachum led the team in scoring against McPherson with 25, followed by Ray Purtle with 25 points. Purtle and Beachum both scored 14 points in the team's victory against Sterling, and were joined by Jordan Bieberle's 22 points, his first 20-point game of the season.
Bethel (2-18, 1-9)
Last week: 1/16 def. McPherson 65-63; 1/19 L. at Saint Mary 93-71
Upcoming: Next 1/23 vs. Bethany 8:00 p.m.; 1/26 at Friends 7:00 p.m.
Bethel defeated McPherson last week for its first conference victory of the season. Adam Arciniega helped propel the Threshers to victory with 17 points and 9 rebounds. Arciniega scored 25 points in the team's loss to Saint Mary, and is averaging 21 points in the last four games.
Friends (10-10, 7-3)
Last week: 1/16 def. Ottawa 75-67; 1/19 def. Southwestern 81-53
Upcoming: Next 1/23 at Saint Mary 8:00 p.m.; 1/26 vs. Bethel 7:00 p.m.
Friends has won four of its last five games, and have climbed into a tie for third in the conference. In his debut game for the Falcons, Joe Mitchell scored 18 points on 8-15 shooting against Southwestern, closely followed by Anthony White's 16.
McPherson (7-14, 1-9)
Last week: 1/16 L. at Bethel 65-63; 1/19 L. vs. Bethany 61-59
Upcoming: Next 1/23 at Tabor 8:00 p.m.; 1/26 vs. Ottawa 7:00 p.m.
McPherson has lost six of its last seven games, and currently ranks last in the conference in points scored per game with 66.7. The Bulldogs failed to reach their average in both games last week. Joey Powers scored a team-high 13 points against Bethel, his second double-digit scoring game this season.
Ottawa (8-12, 5-5)
Last week: 1/16 L. at Friends 75-67; 1/19 def. Kansas Wesleyan 83-75
Upcoming: Next 1/23 vs. Sterling 8:00 p.m.; 1/26 at McPherson 7:00 p.m.
Ottawa split its games last week. The Braves had five double-digit scorers in the team's victory over Kansas Wesleyan. The team was led by Chase Dippel (19), followed by Julian Rose (16), Riley Falk (10), Corey Smith (10), and Stephen Feighny (10).
Saint Mary (15-5, 10-0)
Last week: 1/16 def. Southwestern 70-61; 1/19 def. Bethel 93-71
Upcoming: Next 1/23 vs. Friends 8:00 p.m.; 1/26 at Kansas Wesleyan 4:00 p.m.
Saint Mary has continued its dominating run through the conference, winning both of its games last week by an average of 15.5 points. Jordan Wilcox led the team in scoring during both games last week, averaging 19.5 points per game, and has now scored in double-figures in his last five games.
Tabor (8-11, 7-3)
Last week: 1/16 def. Kansas Wesleyan 90-84; 1/19 L. at Sterling 71-59
Upcoming: Next 1/23 vs. McPherson 8:00 p.m.; 1/26 at Bethany 7:00 p.m.
Tabor split its games last week, and is now tied for third in the conference. Brent Jackson had 14 points and 9 rebounds in the loss to Sterling. Ryan Chippeaux had a double-double against Kansas Wesleyan with 14 points and 13 rebounds, as well as 5 assists. Nick Sauer led the team in scoring with 20 points.