Dec 03, 2021

Coyote men rout Sterling 102-44

Posted Dec 03, 2021 8:35 PM
<b>Cory Kaplan.</b> Photo courtesy <a href=""></a>
Cory Kaplan. Photo courtesy

One thing is certain about the Kansas Wesleyan men's basketball team.

Every night you're going to see a different person step up for the Coyotes.

Thursday night's spotlight was on Cory Kaplan (SO/Merritt Island, Fla.).

Kaplan put on a show for the Coyotes against the Sterling Warriors inside Mabee Arena in KWU's 102-44 rout of the Warriors, scoring a game-high 23 points in the contest.

Most impressive by Kaplan was the personal 12-2 run early in the second half that gave KWU a 59-28 lead with 15:31 to go in the game.

"It's always a different guy every night," Wesleyan coach Anthony Monson said. "Cory (Kaplan) had a big second half, Marcel (Dean) had a big second half for us.

"We played a little sluggish the first half, didn't take care of the ball, but we ended the half pretty well and rode that momentum into the second half."

Wesleyan led by four, 25-21 with 7:24 left in the first half, but the offense started clicking, as the Coyotes closed the half on a 16-2 run to lead 41-23 at the break.

"Everyone believes in one another no matter who we put on the floor," Monson said. "They're all confident they can get the job done."

The Coyotes led 50-25 when Kaplan went on his 12-2 run.

Wesleyan locked in on the defensive end of the court in the second half, holding the Warriors to just 21 points on 7 of 26 (26.9 percent) shooting, while scoring 61 on the offensive end.

All but two of the 17 Coyotes that played scored as KWU shot 55.1 percent from the field for the game (38 of 69) and hit 12 3-pointers. Dean added 11 points off the bench, along with freshman Alex Littlejohn (FR/Newton, Kan.) who also had 11 to go along with five rebounds.

"We have a lot of weapons on this team. We just have to make sure every night we are playing hard and guarding on the defensive end," Monson said. "I will take only giving up 44 points every night."

Wesleyan dominated on the boards 47-25, paced by eight from Jun Murdock (SO/Wichita, Kan.) and six from AJ Range (SR/Junction City, Kan.) and Trey Duffey (SO/Topeka, Kan.).

The Coyotes, who are off to their best 10 game start to a season since 2000-01 at 9-1, play their fourth game in seven days on Saturday at Tabor in Hillsboro. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the Tabor Gym.