NORTH MANCHESTER – The Manchester University men’s basketball team won consecutive games for the first time this season after defeating Defiance College 84-77 on Wednesday night.
Fresh off a 61-51 upset victory over Hanover on Saturday, the Spartans followed up Saturday’s big win with a strong offensive output against the Yellow Jackets.
Manchester shot 49.2 percent on Wednesday night after knocking in 29 of its 59 field goal attempts. The Spartans also made good use of the foul line, finish 75 percent (18-24) from the charity stripe.
The Spartans had two significant runs in Wednesday’s game. Late in the first half and trailing by a bucket, the Black and Gold went on a 16-0 run over five minutes of action to build a 40-26 advantage. The big run by Manchester helped the Spartans to a 44-32 lead at the intermission.
Following halftime, Defiance’s offense came to life and the Yellow Jackets retook control of the game after outscoring MU 34-17 over 14 minutes of game time.
Trailing 66-61 with 6:03 remaining, the Spartans scored the game’s next 12 points to regain the lead. Jalen Owens scored eight of the Spartans’ 12 points during the critical run, highlighted by a pair of 3-pointers.
Junior forward CJ Hampton poured in a game-high 24 points on Wednesday. Hampton finished 7-147 from the floor, 2-3 from downtown, and 8-9 from the free throw line. He added four assists.
Both Abdul Ogunnaike and Jalen Owen added 15 points for the Spartans. Ogunnaike chipped in seven rebounds and three steals.
Defiance shot 46 percent (29-63) on Wednesday. The Yellow Jackets were led by Tyler Andrews’ 22 points. Season Tyson added 17 points.
Manchester improved to 8-12, 6-7 HCAC on the year. With five games remaining this season, Manchester finds itself just one game behind Bluffton for the sixth and final HCAC playoff spot.
The Spartans will aim fortheir third straight win this weekend when the team travels to Franklin College on Saturday February 8. Game time against the Griz is scheduled for 2 p.m.

Women’s Game Recap
DEFIANCE, Ohio – The Manchester University women's basketball team dropped a road Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference contest at Defiance College by a final score of 64-51 on Wednesday night.
After winning a defensive battle in the first quarter, 9-8, the host Yellow Jackets outscored the Spartans 37-17 over the next two periods to take firm control of Wednesday's game.
Defiance College shot 34 percent (20-59) while the Spartans shot 31 percent (18-58) from the field. The Yellow Jackets dominated the boards, outrebounding MU 50-30.
Sophomore Miranda Bieghler led Manchester with 11 points, five assists, and four rebounds. Nicole Weaver (Fort Wayne, Ind./Homestead) scored 10 points and added three steals. Hannah Lindsey (Speedway, Ind./Speedway) grabbed nine rebounds.
Taylor Day finished with 17 points and nine rebounds to lead Defiance. Liz Martin and Josi Wolf added 11 and 10 points, respectively
Manchester dropped its fourth straight game and stumbled to 8-12, 5-8 HCAC. Manchester will play at Franklin College at 4 p.m. Saturday.