Men's basketball team offense flies high

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The Baker University men’s basketball team’s offense was clicking on all cylinders in its 89-78 win against Central Methodist University Saturday.

“We ran a good offense and made some open shots on Saturday, and that was the biggest difference,” head coach Brett Ballard said. “We made some (3-pointers) and got some transition opportunities and layups, but I think the fact more than anything is that we knocked down some open ones.”

BU was 10-15 from the 3-point range with junior Jordan Honore going a perfect 4-4 with 17 points junior Corey Anderson knocked down 4-5 attempts from long range and recorded 14 points.

“The performance was pretty good,” Anderson said. “It was exciting, especially since our last game against Benedictine (College), our offense really struggled and we never really got into a rhythm. We haven’t had a really big performance like that as a team in a really long time.”

The ’Cats’ post players were also effective with senior Jack Shortell scoring 19 points and junior Ben Steinlage scoring 15 points.

“Both of those guys have been warriors,” Ballard said. “They’ve been great. We have to get them touches. Those guys have been terrific and rebounding the ball at a high clip.”

The 89 points was the second highest point total for the Wildcats this season and the fourth time BU has surmounted the 80-point plateau.

Baker improved to 13-7 overall and 6-3 in conference play with the victory and was sitting in fourth place as of Wednesday.

“I feel good,” Honore said. “I think we could be positioned a little bit better if we didn’t let a couple of games slip away from us early on in the season, but I feel good. We’re 6-3 right now and that puts us in a good position to come out on top if we do our business and play how we’ve been playing the past couple of games.”

BU played Avila University Thursday in Kansas City, Mo., but results were not available at presstime.

Baker will return home to face Missouri Valley College at 4 p.m. Saturday in Collins Center. BU won the first matchup of the season with MVC 64-47.

“I think we are going to contain them and play our game,” Anderson said. “I think it will be a lot like it was last game where if we play our defense, we can pretty much shut them down. Hopefully we’ll be able to do that and come away with a good win on Saturday.”

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