The conference’s top scoring defense comes to Ottawa for Saturday’s showdown. Ther Ottawa University men’s basketball team (7-5, 4-2 Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference) hosts Kansas Wesleyan (5-4, 3-3 KCAC) 5 p.m. Saturday.
The Coyotes are allowing 64.11 points per game, best in the KCAC, and have the third-best scoring margin at plus 9.33 points per game.
While the team hasn’t lit up the scoreboard, KWU boasts the top three individual leaders in steals per game — Brayden White (2.22 spg), Zach Rammelt (2.13 spg) and Marquis Kraemer (2.00 spg). The team has won two straight, including a 84-48 blowout Wednesday of Saint Mary.
Ottawa has gotten hot of late as well, winning three straight and four of its last five. The team eclipsed the 100-point mark for the second time this season Wednesday in a 100-70 non-conference win over visiting Haskell Indian Nations University.
The Braves never trailed in the contest. They led 49-28 at halftime, and the closest Haskell got in the second half was 14 points with 10 minutes and change left.
OU shot 58.1 percent from the field (36-62) compared to Haskell’s 35.6 percent (26-73).
Isaiah Palmer, senior guard, led the way with 26 points on 9-16 shooting. Matt Baldeh, junior guard, also hit the 20-point mark, putting up 21 points on 7-8 shooting. Alex Greisen, senior guard, scored 19 points.
Haskell was led by Nakia Hendricks who scored 16 points.
Ottawa (100) — Palmer 26, Baldeh 21, Greisen 19, Haskins 7, Patrick 7, Jones 7, Mead 6, Mallory 3, Bowie 2, Ramirez-Jennings 2.
Haskell (70) — Hendricks 16, Winn 13, Elledge 12, Green 10, Littlehead 9, Greenwood 8, Keah-Tigh 2.