By Erica Dunigan
A hungry coyote team sunk their teeth into the Builders Thursday night handing them their fourth loss in a row. This win for Kansas Wesleyan snaps a 19-game losing streak as they pick up their Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference win.
This lose brings the Builders to a 19-7 overall record and 9-6 in conference play. The Builders are now in a three way tie with Tabor and Sterling in third place. There are only three games remaining in the regular season.
The Builders went on a 10-0 run in the first half that put them ahead 16-12 with 11:05 remaining on the clock. Both teams battled back and forth for the rest of the half. A 14-0 run by the Coyotes with 2:57 left put them ahead of the Builders 33-22. The Builders went into the locker room down 35-24.
Southwestern opened the second half with Jared Irvin, senior guard, hitting a three-point basket which cut Kansas Wesleyan’s lead to eight. Wesleyan kept the Builders within arm’s length the rest of the night. A late 9-2 run with 53 seconds left cut the led to seven, but it was not enough to grab the win. The final score was 78-67 in Kansas Wesleyan’s favor.
The Builders were led by R.J. Jarrett, senior guard, with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Ethan Randolph, senior forward, followed close behind with 15 points.
The Builders return home to Stewart Field House to host the Ottawa University Braves. The game tips off Saturday at 7 p.m.
Erica Dunigan is senior majoring in convergent journalism. You may e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org