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Manchester comeback effort falls short


NORTH MANCHESTER — Junior guard Faith-Alexis Graham led three Manchester University players in points’ double digits, tallying a personal-high 16 points to go along with a pair of steals and two assists, in an 81-62 loss at the hands of visiting Hanover College on Saturday.

She was joined in the double-figure scoring column by freshman guard Mikalia Taylor, who wound up with 10 and four rebounds, and junior guard Sara Carder, who brought the Black and Gold to its feet with three 3-point buckets, including one that beat the buzzer before halftime, on the way to 11 points, a personal single-game career best.

With the defeat, coach Josh Dzurick’s team, dipped to 3-10 over all and 2-4 in the conference.

Manchester found itself battling back on the scoreboard after the Panthers closed the first 10 minutes with a 23-9 lead.

HC pushed its advantage to 20-plus in the second stanza, but the Black and Gold made it anything but easy, whittling the deficit to as little as 12 and missing a pair of three-point shots that would have cut the margin back inside of ten in the third period. Hanover managed one final surge en route to the final margin.

Manchester University resumes conference action on Wednesday, when the team opens the yearly series against loop rival Anderson University. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m. at AU’s O.C. Lewis Gymnasium.

No. 4 Indiana Wesleyan leads from start to finish over No. 14 Bethel

MISHAWAKA, Ind. – Six players scored in double figures as No. 4 Indiana Wesleyan University men’s basketball never trailed in a 91-70 win on the road at No. 14 Bethel (Ind.). Kyle Mangas poured in 27 points and the Wildcats shot 52-percent from the field.

Kyle Mangas led the offensive charge, pouring in 27 points on a 10-of-14 effort from the field. Following him in the IWU scoring column was Joel Okafor (13), Evan Maxwell (12), Jacob Johnson (11) and Grant Smith (10).

IWU never trailed in the game and led by as many as 27 points.

Indiana Wesleyan led by double digits over the final 23:40.

The Wildcats outrebounded the Pilots 41-28. That effort was led by Mangas, Maxwell, Okafor and Ben Carlson, who each collected six rebounds.

The win snaps a three-game losing streak for Indiana Wesleyan. The Wildcats have not lost four games in a row since head coach Greg Tonagel’s first season in 2005-06.

“It was a good bounce back for us, we had a lot to prove,” Tonagel said afterward. “We hadn’t played hard, we hadn’t played together so we really challenged our guys and made life pretty hard the last couple days.”

“Sometimes it’s hard to show tough love but every one of us can attest to times in our lives when tough love made a difference in our life. We had to do that as a team and it bonded us together today. That is what I was proud of. We looked like a team.”

“You cannot control if shots fall but can you play hard and play as a team and I thought we did that today.”

Wesleyan improved to 13-5 over all and 4-2 in the Crossroads League. Bethel fell to 15-3 and 4-2.

Indiana Wesleyan and Taylor (Ind.) renew the IWU-Taylor Rivalry sponsored by Marion General Hospital tonight. Tip is set for 7 p.m. in Upland.  

Gardner-Webb defeats Radford in Big South game

BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. – Gardner-Webb had three players score ten or more points as the Runnin’ Bulldogs earned a 69-53 win over visiting Radford on Saturday afternoon.

Gardner-Webb (11-3, 1-1 Big South) had its most efficient scoring output of the season, shooting 51.0 percent (26-of-51) from the floor, while holding Radford (8-5, 1-1 Big South) to just 37.7 percent (23-of-61) on the day.

Alexus Hill led the Runnin’ Bulldogs with 19 points, going 7-of-9 from the floor, including a perfect 3-of-3 from long distance. Ky’Asia Stanford added a career-best 17 points on a 7-of-12 performance, and Savannah Plentovich scored 15 points on an efficient 5-of-6 afternoon.

Former Connersville standout Tierra Huntsman scored four points on, while also adding four rebounds, one block and one steal in 19 minutes on the court.

Radford was led in scoring by Jayda Worthy, who had a game-high 20 points on 10-of-15 shooting. Destinee Walker added 11 points from the bench.

Gardner-Webb returns to action on today at Longwood. Tip-off is scheduled for 11:30 am as part of Education Day festivities, with live video available on the Big South Network (www.bigsouthsports.com).