Parker, Young lead in win over Haskell

Story by Jim Joyner, Sports Editor

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The men’s basketball team won its second consecutive game on Monday night with an 88-76 victory over Haskell Indian Nations University.

The Wildcats improved to 7-5 on the season after shooting 52 percent in field goals on the night.

For the second game in a row, it was the plethora of players scoring that lead the way for the team. Last Saturday at Graceland University, nine different Wildcats scored and on Monday night, 11 of 12 players scored.

Sophomore Tyrome Parker and freshman Daniel Young were Baker’s spark plugs.

Parker led the team in points with 17, went 7-12 from the field and was tied for the lead in rebounds with 6.

Young scored 16 points for the team. Prior to the game against Haskell, Young had only hit double digits twice. He also averaged fewer than 3 points per game in the last three conference games.

Fighting foul trouble, Young was nearly perfect shooting 6-7 from the field and 4-5 at the free-throw line.

Senior EJ Carter and sophomore Javeion Gray finished in double figures as well with 10 points each. The two were a combined 8-14 from the field. Gray finished with a team leading 6 assists.

Senior Jared Fulks scored 8 points in the first half and was 2-3 from behind the arc.

Juniors Manny Barnes and Nick Wilson cooled off after scoring 15 and 11 points respectively last Saturday but still played a big role in Monday’s game.

Barnes and Wilson, along with Young and sophomore Kelvin Bramble, had a size advantage over a smaller Haskell team and the offense in the post was too much for the Indians to stop. Barnes finished with 6, Bramble 4 and Wilson 2.

Freshman guards Nathan Guscott and Gregg Easter both scored 7 points and shot a combined 6-12 from the field in a strong offensive and defensive effort for the two.

Baker outscored its previous scoring average by 23 points but defensively the Wildcats struggled. This was only the fourth time this season Baker gave up 76 points or more.

Most of that was due to Haskell senior Randy July, who shot 12-15 from the field, 3-5 from three, and 5-7 from the stripe. July was large part of how Haskell made 57 percent of its field goals and 47 percent of threes.

The Wildcats shot 38 percent from three. Baker was also strong at the foul line, making 11-13, well above the season average of 66 percent.

The Wildcats will have 16 days between games and take on the Washburn University Ichabods on New Year’s Eve in an exhibition match in Topeka.