SALINA — Ottawa University senior Chase Dippel feels right at home in Kansas Wesleyan University’s Mabee Arena. He grew up in Lindsborg, which is 15 miles away from Salina.
Dippel has put together sterling games against Kansas Wesleyan in his career. He fired in a career-high eight treys two seasons ago against the Coyotes.
The senior had another sparkling performance Thursday in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference opener in Salina. He poured in 30 points to spearhead Ottawa to a 75-62 win over the Coyotes.
In the process, the eclipsed the 1,000-point mark. He became the 23rd Brave in the 1,000-point club.
He hit big shots all game. He got things rolling early with Ottawa down 28-20 by hitting two straight treys to bring the Braves within 28-26 with six minutes left in the first half.
He hit his third trey of the game to knot the score at 33-33 at halftime.
He opened the second half with a three-point play then hit a trey to break a 42-42 tie and started Ottawa’s 14-0 run with a long bomb in the second half.
Ottawa was clinging to a 54-52 lead with just over 12 minutes remaining when the Braves went on the run. Ottawa bumped the lead to 68-52 with seven minutes left.
Wesleyan answered with a 10-0 spurt to rally within 68-62 with three minutes remaining.
The victory was Ottawa’s second straight after opening the season with a 1-5 mark, which included a four-game skid.
Wesleyan gave Ottawa all it wanted. The game was tied eight times and the lead changed hands six times.
The Braves’ defense clamped down on the Coyotes’ outside shooting. Kansas Wesleyan went 2-for-18 from behind the 3-point arc in the second half.
Senior Corey Smith, who also has more than 1,000 career points, finished with 18 points and three steals. Senior Stephan Feighny had eight points, five assists and two steals.
Ottawa (3-5, 1-0) plays 7 p.m. today at Sterling, which opened the KCAC with a 71-62 win over Tabor.
Kansas Wesleyan (62) — Schwerdtfager 2, Brinker 10, Johnson 2, Fields 21, Borovetz 16, Weber 8, Long 2.
Ottawa (75) — Feighny 8, Smith 18, Rose 4, Dippel 30, Lindsay 7, Hasty 5, Falk 3.