Kansas Wesleyan put the clamps on Midland University’s offense Thursday night at the Wikert Event Center.
The Warriors turned the ball over 18 times and only shot 19 percent (4-for-21) from 3-point land during a 75-50 loss.
The setback drops Midland to 2-2 on the season while the Coyotes improve to 2-1.
The Coyotes also outrebounded the Warriors 36-27. The turned 12 offensive boards in 18 second-chance points.
The game was tied at 4 before Wesleyan went on an 8-0 run that was sparked by a 3-point basket by Darius Hammond.
Reggie Gradwell and Dillon Faubel hit a 3-point shot apiece for the Warriors that helped them close to within 20-17 with 9:30 remaining in the opening half. The Coyotes, though, ended the half on a 23-9 run.
Kansas Wesleyan was led by starting guard James Brooks, who finished with a game-high 19 points on 7-12 shooting from the field, including 5-7 from three-point range. Brendon Ganaway was the only other Coyote in double figures, contributing 11 points off the bench. In all, 13 different Coyotes scored in the game.
Tariq Deere came off the bench to lead Midland with 12 points. Deere was 5 of 6 from the field while the rest of his teammates went a combined 16 of 44.
Faubel and Gradwell scored seven points off the bench. The Warriors reserves outscored the starters 37-13.
Bryce Parsons had four assists for the Warriors while Sam Brown grabbed a team-best eight rebounds.
The Warriors will host Dakota Wesleyan, 4-0, at 4 Saturday afternoon at the Event Center.