Alex Tyler, junior guard, passes to another teammate during Thursday night’s game against Friends University. The men’s basketball team fell with a final score of 57-54. (Alyssa Richardson/Collegian photographer).

By Avree Sheppard
Staff reporter

Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference play began Thursday night in Stewart Field house. With a close game that carried into overtime, the men’s basketball team fell against Friends University with a final score of 57-54.

Matt O’Brien, head men’s basketball coach, said, “Friends came and did everything we expected them to do on offense and defense. Larry Vasquez and Isaiah Thaw came off the bench and made great moves for us in the first and second half,” said O’Brien.  The builders shot 60 percent in the game.

Bryan Lipsey, freshmen guard, helped the Builders on the court. With 5 points, 3 rebounds, and 1 steal, he kept the momentum going in an energetic first half. “I think we played good defense as a team, but just couldn’t match up with our offense,” said Lipsey.

The team is looking forward after last night’s defeat. Lipsey said, “Friends was a pretty solid team and we need to bounce back and play hard in Saturday night’s match up.” Cameron Clark, freshman forward had the same attitude as Lipsey. “We are going to prepare for Saturdays game and put this loss behind us,” said Clark.

Clark had 9 points, 7 rebounds, and 1 assist in the game. “We played hard but the ball was not falling for us tonight. We have faith in ourselves and coaches so we will bounce back,” said Clark.

Dec. 1 the men’s basketball team faces off against the Coyotes of Kansas Wesleyan University in Stewart Field house at 7 p.m.

Avree Sheppard is a sophomore majoring in communication. You may email her at .