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IWU wins CCIW championship over No. 3 Wheaton

The Illinois Wesleyan males’s basketball staff received the Faculty Convention of Illinois and Wisconsin match championship for the primary time in program historical past Friday evening, March 12, with a 71-58 victory over top-seeded and third-ranked Wheaton Faculty on the Thunder’s residence court docket. With the win, the No. 8-ranked Titans end the season 8-1 total, whereas the Thunder finish with a 12-1 mark.

5 Titans completed in double figures, led by junior Matthew Leritz (St. Louis, Mo.-St. Louis College HS) who completed the evening with a team-high 17 factors. He additionally led IWU with eight rebounds.

Junior Peter Lambesis (Mt. Prospect, In poor health.-St. Viator) scored 16 factors and added 4 rebounds and a team-high three steals, whereas junior Cory Noe (Mahomet, In poor health.-Mahomet-Seymour) and seniors Doug Wallen (Champaign, In poor health.-Champaign Central) and Charlie Bair (Glen Ellyn, In poor health.-Glenbard North) added 12, 11, and 10 factors, respectively.

Sophomore Luke Yoder (Bloomington, In poor health.-Central Catholic) registered 5 factors and dished out seven assists.

As a staff the Titans shot 49.1 % from the ground, hitting simply three triples. The Thunder completed 18-for-52 from the ground and 8-for-29 from three-point vary. The Titan protection turned 16 Wheaton turnovers into 18 factors. IWU dominated the paint, outscoring the Thunder 44-18, whereas additionally including a 9-0 edge in fastbreak factors.

The Titans managed the momentum early, jolting forward 15-4 over the primary 5 minutes. IWU’s run was fueled by lockdown protection as steals by Lambesis and Yoder led to straightforward buckets on the opposite finish.

Photograph for lllinois Wesleyan athletics by Dave Naprstek

Illinois Wesleyan’s offense cooled off although, as a five-minute lengthy scoring drought allowed Wheaton to even the rating at 15 all with 12:26 to go within the half.

IWU responded with a layup by Leritz and a three-ball by Bair to go up 5, however the Thunder used a three-pointer by Gavin Hawkins with 1:32 to play to take its first lead of the sport, 27-25.

After a pair of free throws by Wallen pulled IWU inside one, Leritz drove to the rim to beat the buzzer and provides the Titans a slim 28-27 benefit on the break.

Within the second half, it was Wheaton who received off to a scorching begin however Illinois Wesleyan battled to even the rating at 43 all with 13:21 to play.

A free throw put Wheaton up by one with 9:35 left to go, however Noe drove to the ring for a troublesome two because the Titans reclaimed the lead, 45-44.

Illinois Wesleyan upped its result in six, 54-48, as Yoder’s inbound cross led to a jumper from Noe with 6:22 remaining.

The Thunder trimmed the Titan result in as few as three, however IWU used a 12-3 run over the ultimate three minutes to assert the convention championship convincingly, 71-58.