Spartans step out of conference

Spartans step out of conference

A span of three games in six days begins for Manchester University men's basketball Monday, Jan. 16.

Game details: Tip-off between the Spartans (4-10) and D3Hoops.com No. 18-ranked North Park University of Illinois (12-2) is 6 p.m. at Stauffer-Wolfe Arena on MU's campus … Live audio, statistics and video are available via a link at www.muspartans.com, the Internet home of Manchester University athletics.

Spartan Shorts: A 73-66 defeat at the hands of Transylvania University in league action Jan. 14 snapped a three-game MU win streak … Coach Gerad Good's squad did have three players wind up in scoring double digits against the Pioneers. Senior guard Tyler Alexander scored 15 points and registered seven rebounds, both team highs; freshman guard Erik Bell (Evansville, Ind.) ended with 13 points and a co-squad leading three assists; and senior guard Chase Casteel (Monrovia, Ind.) buried three three-pointers in route to a 13-point total … Alexander, who's wound up in scoring double figures in 13 of the squad's 14 games this season. With those numbers in mind, the Indianapolis, Ind., native is in the conference's top 10 in scoring (16.9 ppg). That's not the only such range for Alexander, as he's also sixth in rebounding (6.6 pg); fifth in field goal percentage (59.1); and tied for ninth in steals (1.2 pg). He's joined by Johnson who's 1.6 steals per contest are tied for second-most and 82.1 percent accuracy rate at the free throw line is eighth-highest, and Bell as his three assists per appearance rank seventh … Manchester University follows up the clash against NPU with a pair of conference match-ups. The first half of the loop season concludes Wednesday, Jan. 18, as rival Anderson University comes to North Manchester for a 7:30 p.m. start, while three days later, the HCAC second half begins Saturday, Jan. 21, with Earlham College's trip north for a doubleheader against the men's and women's teams that are set for 2 and 4 p.m. tip-offs.

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