|Feb. 11, 2017|
|Kansas Wesleyan||Indv. Leaders||Sterling College|
|#5 Xavier Smith - 14||Points||#40 Josiah Ray - 17|
|#3 Ryan Hill - 5||Rebounds||#40 Josiah Ray - 10|
|2 Players (#3,#4) - 3||Assists||3 Players - 3|
|Kansas Wesleyan||Team Statistics||Sterling College|
|43.6% (24 - 55)||Field Goals %||42.9% (24 - 56)|
|31.8% (7 - 22)||3 Point Field Goals %||25% (5 - 20)|
|85% (17 - 20)||Free Throws||60% (6 - 10)|
|4||2nd Chance Pts||11|
STERLING, KAN. – The Sterling College Warriors hosted the Kansas Wesleyan Coyotes on Saturday in the final stretch of KCAC play. The Warriors battled it out in the first half against the Coyotes, but Kansas Wesleyan would use a strong second half to defeat Sterling, 72-59.
The two teams started out the first half trading baskets, with the Warriors getting scores from Fayola Oyatayo, Trey Dubbert and Maurice Williams. A three-pointer from Jake Jaderston would give Sterling a 11-7 lead at the 14:03 mark, but the Coyotes would hit consecutive buckets and two free throws to keep themselves in the game. Josiah Ray and Trey Dubbert would continue to keep the Sterling offense moving, giving the Warriors at 24-19 lead with 6:30 to go in the first half. Kansas Wesleyan wouldn't back down, using a 10-0 run to in the final few minutes to retake the lead, 31-25. A three-pointer from Isaac Ostrosky and a score inside by Maurice Williams would keep Sterling close headed into the break, with the Coyotes leading 33-30 at the half.
As the second half started, Sterling looked to get started early, with Trey Dubbert hitting a three-pointer to tie it at 33-33. The Coyotes would score nine quick points, to jump ahead 42-33, but the Warriors would not back down, using a 6-0 run of their own with scores by Josiah Ray and Fayola Oyatayo to cut into the KWU lead. Sterling would look to work the ball inside on offense, but turnovers would hurt the Warriors, as the Coyotes would continue to add to their lead. With 7:39 left in the game, a Kansas Wesleyan three-pointer would put the Coyotes ahead, 55-44, but back-to-back scores from Fayola Oyatayo would keep Sterling within seven. However, the Coyotes would outscore the Warriors 14-9 in the final minutes to keep their lead at a distance. With time running out, Sterling would be unable to complete the comeback, as Kansas Wesleyan would go to defeat the Warriors, 72-59.
Sterling's leading scorer was Josiah Ray with 17 points, while Fayola Oyatayo added 16 and Trey Dubbert scored 10. Ray also had a team high 10 rebounds to collect another double-double, while Trey Dubbert and Ray each had three assists.
Sterling (7-21, 4-16) next travels to Bartlesville, Oklahoma to take on the Oklahoma Wesleyan Eagles on Thursday, February 16th at 8 p.m.
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