By Mike Tupa


mtupa@examiner-enterprise.com


Despite a stupendous double-double day (18 points, 11 boards) by A.J. Jack, the Oklahoma Wesleyan University men’s basketball team didn’t keep pace with the visiting lads of Kansas Wesleyan.


Kansas Wesleyan outscored OKWU, 48-41, in the second half and won, 90-79, at the Mueller Sports Center.


Breiman Alexander added 20 points to the OKWU total, while Elbert Lawrence and Jervis Hamilton scored 15 and 10, respectively.


Kansas Wesleyan also produced four double-digit scorers, led by Jacob Lunz and Jamon Fulton with 17 apiece.


Kansas Wesleyan gained most of its separation at the free throw stripe, sinking 23-of-27, compared to 16-of-22 for OKWU.


But, OKWU dominated on the boards, 40-27. In addition to Jack’s 11 carom grabs, Hamilton seized nine rebounds.


OKWU kept it close in the first half and trailed by only four, 42-38, at the break.


After Kansas Wesleyan hit a two-pointer to open the second half scoring, OKWU never got closer than five points.


With 17:35 left, Lawrence canned a two-pointer to reduce Kansas Wesleyan’s lead to five points, 49-44.


Kansas Wesleyan answered with an 11-4 run and never looked back.


OKWU 113, Bethany 104


OKWU never flinched during Thursday’s offensive train wreck Thursday night in Lindsborg, Kan.


The Eagles pumped in 64 points in the first half and repelled a spirited Swedes comeback down the stretch.


Breiman Alexander canned a career-high 43 points — on 14-of-24 shooting from the field, including eight three-pointers — to energized OKWU.


Jack added a double-double (22 points, 13 rebounds), while Lawrence scored 13.


Ryan Schuessler tacked on 11 points and Michael Davis scored 10 to round out OKWU’s top five point producers.


Khalid Washington and Cody Harris dropped in 29 and 26 points, respectively, for the Swedes.


OKWU shot a sizzling 52 percent (14-of-27) from behind the three-point line and netted 59 percent (40-of-68) on all its field goals.


Late in the second half, Bethany closed the lead down to four points, 102-98, and had the ball.


But, Alexander then pulled off a swipe, which led to a Lawrence bucket to give the Eagles some breathing room, 104-98, with 1:56 remaining.


OKWU build an eight-point lead, 107-99, on two Jack free throws, at the 1:19 mark.


Bethany never got closer than seven points after that.


Next up, OKWU, which is coached by Mark Molder, plays host Monday — at 7:30 p.m. — to Friends (Kan.) University.


Kansas Wesleyan 90, OKWU 79


KWU 42-48—90


OKWU 38-41—79


Kansas Wesleyan (10-15, 6-12)


Jacob Lunz 6-10 5-5 17, Nathaniel Leach 2-2 1-2 5, Dominique Johnson 1-6 2-2 4, Ryan Hill 5-12 4-4 14, Terell Gandy 3-9 0-0 6, Jamon Fulton 5-10 6-6 17, Marcus Ellis 4-6 0-0 9, Trent Edwards 0-0 0-1 0, Xavier Smith 0-2 0-0 0, Grant Sylvester 5-7 4-5 15, Raul Neri 1-2 1-2 3. Totals 32-66 23-27 90


Oklahoma Wesleyan (10-14, 7-10)


Breiman Alexander 8-18 3-5 21, Jacob Feickert 1-6 3-3 5, Uros Pavic 0-0 0-0 0, Michael Davis 0-0 2-2 2, Ryan Schuessler 0-4 0-0 0, Anietie Jack 9-12 0-0 18, Jervis Hamilton 3-6 4-4 10, Patrovick Everett 3-4 0-2 6, Devon Edwards 1-2 0-0 2, Elbert Lawrence 5-9 4-6 15. Totals 30-61 16-22 79


OKWU 113, Bethany 104


OKU 64-49—113


Bethany 47-57—104


Oklahoma Wesleyan (10-13, 7-9)


Elbert Lawrence 5-12 1-2 13, Patrovick Everett 2-3 0-0 4, Jervis Hamilton 1-1 1-1 3, Ryan Schuessler 4-7 0-0 11, Michael Davis 3-4 4-7 10, Uros Pavic 0-0 0-0 0, Jacob Feickert 3-5 0-0 7, Breiman Alexander 14-24 7-10 43, Anietie Jack 8-12 6-10 22. Totals 40-68 19-30 113


Bethany College ( 11-14, 8-9)


Khalid Washington 10-18 6-9 29, Jalen Thompson 3-8 0-0 9, Cody Harris 9-23 3-4 26, Tyler Larkin 3-6 0-2 6, Dalantae Kelly 2-6 0-0 6, Keil Kelly 0-1 1-2 1, Elvis Okafor 1-2 2-2 4, Jerricus Funderburke 0-1 0-0 0, Jesse Patrick 1-2 2-4 4, Ian Merzwinski 1-2 0-0 2, Milos Milosevic 0-0 0-0 0, Joey Habtermariam 6-10 0-0 17. Totals 36-79 14-23 104