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Inside powers Braves by KW

By Greg Mast/Herald Sports Editor | 12/9/2013

The Ottawa University men’s basketball team took advantage of its frontcourt depth Saturday against Kansas Wesleyan in Wilson Field House.

The Braves used a 40-16 scoring advantage inside the paint to roll past the Coyotes, 78-62.

The Ottawa University men’s basketball team took advantage of its frontcourt depth Saturday against Kansas Wesleyan in Wilson Field House.

The Braves used a 40-16 scoring advantage inside the paint to roll past the Coyotes, 78-62.

“We had a little more firepower on the frontline,” Ottawa coach Andy Carrier said. “They were unselfish and got the ball inside. You have to have a pretty deep on the frontline the way they are calling fouls these days.

“Thin as we are in the backcourt, we are deep on the frontline. We don’t have to worry as much about fouls because we have some other big bodies to bring off the bench. It is a war of attrition.”

Carrier used five different big guys to keep them fresh and out of foul trouble. Riley Falk, Alex Lundry, Jason Haase, Colin Nichols and Colby Regier gave Ottawa a big advantage inside.

Lundry was limited to nine minutes because of foul trouble, but Haase and Nichols filled in by combining for 20 points and 15 rebounds.

“We want Lundry to stay aggressive,” Carrier said. “Jason will keep getting better. Bryan Newton and Collin Nichols ... those two guys were huge. Bryan is getting more confidence every minutes he plays. He had six steals. I don’t remember the last time when a player got six steals. That was huge. Colin is taking advantage of his opportunity.”

Haase had 10 rebounds, while Nichols tossed in 13 points.

Newton finished with eight points, filling in for injured point guards Adam Hasty and Zach Brown.

Julian Rose and Kameron Lindsey continue to fill big shoes with their play. Rose finished with 25 points and six rebounds. Lindsey had six assists and three steals.

“Julian and Kam have been so good since Adam and Zach have been out,” Carrier said. “They are doing everything for us. They take the pressure off some of the other guys.”

Ottawa had 16 assists on the 28 made field goals and 11 turnovers.

“That is a credit to our guys,” Carrier said. “They are not afraid to share the ball. Some of that chemistry is starting to come together.”

Ottawa stretched the lead from nine points with just under seven minutes remaining to 20 points in the final minute.

“We really played well in stretches,” Carrier said. “Down the stretch, it was our best basketball on both ends. We got some key stops. We really executed and got the ball inside and stretched the lead.”

Ottawa held the Coyotes to 36 percent from the field and outrebounded them 46-30.

“Field goal percentage defense that is the key,” Carrier said. “That will give you a chance to win.”

Kansas Wesleyan (62) — Long 3, Lunz 4, Brinker 11, Johnson 13, Hidalgo 6, Borovetz 9, Johnson 6, Stein 5.

Ottawa (78) — Falk 7, Lundry 4, Gant 6, Lindsay 6, Rose 25, Alex Hasty 2, Newton 8, Haase 7, Nichols 13.

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