YORK, Neb. -- The 19th-ranked Bellevue University (1-0) men's basketball team opened the 2013-14 season with a 91-85 win over Kansas Wesleyan University (0-1) Friday night at the York College Classic at the Freeman Center.
Russell Droll notched a game-high 10 rebounds.
Leading by one, 24-23, the Bruins closed the opening period on a 23-13 run to take a 47-36 lead at halftime.
Trailing 65-53 midway through the second half, the Coyotes outscored BU 26-12 to take a two-point lead (79-77). The Bruins responded with a 5-2 spurt and made all seven of their free throw attempts in the final minute to post the six-point season-opener win.
The Coyotes shot 44.8 percent from the field, including an 8-of-11 mark from three-point range. BU finished with a 37.7 shooting percentage and also held a 27-17 edge in bench points as well as a 20-8 advantage in second chance points.
KWU was paced by Michael Johnson's 28 points, seven rebounds and three assists.
The Bruins will play in-state foe Concordia (Neb.) University tomorrow at 3:00 p.m. in their final game of the York Classic.
BU: Kalipinde, 20; Ames, 19; Young, 15; Hammock, 13; Worthen-Harris, 10; Dotson, 3; Droll, 3; Sanders, 3; Sellers,3; Perry, 2.
KWU: Johnson, 28; Borovetz, 16; Lunz, 13; Owen, 9; Stein, 9; Pasold, 8; Long, 2.