Saturday, December 11, 2010

Newman Men Down Manhattan Christian for Third-Straight Win, 73-51

WICHITA - The Newman men's basketball team extended its winning streak to three with a 73-51 win over Manhattan Christian Saturday evening inside Newman's Fugate Gymnasium. William Burdette and Tyler Nordman each posted 16 points to lead the Jets in the win.

Manhattan Christian (4-7) made the first move in Saturday's game. A Charles Page lay-up followed by a pair of Jared Hart free throws gave the visiting Crusaders an early 4-0 lead. Newman (6-4) finally found its stroke on the following two possessions. A William Burdette jumper and an Eric Saunders lay-in allowed Newman to tie the game at 4-4 less than three minutes into the contest. MCC answered with a Kevin Foster jumper, but a Keaton Schultz three-pointer on Newman's next possession sparked an 11-2 run, capped by a Tyler Nordman trey that gave the Jets a 15-8 lead with 14:15 still to play. The Crusaders reeled off four-straight points over the next three minutes, and pulled to within three after a Lonnie Penner lay-up, but Newman turned to the long-ball to spark a 12-0 run, giving the Jets a 27-12 lead with 9:01 remaining. Unphased, Manhattan Christian pieced together a 13-5 run, and pulled to within seven, 32-25, at the 4:12 mark, but the Jets scored nine-unanswered points to take a 41-25 lead into the halftime locker room.

The second half started in much the same way as the first. Manhattan Christian opened the second frame on a 9-0 run, and held the Jets scoreless for more than three minutes. Head Coach Mark Potter decided he had seen enough after Reece Childers drained a jumper to pull the Crusaders to within seven, 41-34, spending his first time-out of the second half to re-group his squad. Whatever Potter said was enough to motivate his team. A Kyle Grant alley-oop swung the game's momentum in Newman's favor, and sparked an 8-0 run that ultimately sealed the Crusaders' fate. Newman led by at least 13 points the rest of the way, and took their first 20+ point lead after a Burdette lay-up that gave Newman a 61-40 advantage with 8:49 still to play. A Keaton Schultz lay-up on the following possession gave Newman its largest lead of the night, a 23-point, 63-40 cushion with 8:37 remaining. Potter used several different line-ups throughout the final eight minutes, playing 11 different Jets as Newman cruised to the 73-51 win.

They took different routes to get there, but William Burdette and Tyler Nordman each scored 16 points to pace the Jets. Burdette did his work inside, using a 6-for-11 effort from the floor, and hit three of his four free throws, while Nordman went 6-for-13 from the field, including a 4-for-10 outing from long range. Kyle Grant provided a handful of dunks en route to his 10-point performance as the only other Jet to finish in double figures. As a team, Newman hit eight treys in the game.

Kevin Foster finished with 12 points to lead Manhattan Christian.

With the win, the Jets improve to 6-4 on the season. They will return to the court Saturday, Dec. 18, as they host McPherson in their final game of the 2010 calendar year. Tip-time is slated for 7:30 p.m. inside Newman's Fugate Gymnasium.

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