By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News
JACKSONVILLE, Ill. ? The Iowa Wesleyan basketball season is officially over after both the men?s and the women?s team wrapped up the conference schedule with losses on Wednesday against Eureka College and Saturday against MacMurray College.
The Tiger men fell 93-77 in their final home game against Eureka on Wendesday Feb. 14, and finished the year with a heartbreaking 129-122 loss in overtime at MacMurray on Saturday, Feb. 17.
IW had a rough shooting night in their final contest at Olan G. Ruble Arena. The Tigers went 29-70 from the field and 8-31 from three-point land.
Brock Butler led the Tigers with 25 points. Mitchell Drey had 21 points, six assists and two rebounds. Austin Banks and Elijah Johnson scored 11 points apiece. Jake Neubauer had seven points and eight rebounds, and Camron Mack finished with two points.
On Saturday, IW led 60-50 at halftime but the Highlanders came back to take as much as a six-point lead, at 88-82, with 9:23 remaining.
The two teams traded the lead throughout the final minutes. MacMurray led 108-104 with 1:17 remaining but Drey scored the next six points, including the go-ahead free throws with 15 seconds left. The Highlanders tied the game with a couple of free throws with five seconds left and Butler?s game-winning three-point attempt didn?t fall, sending the game to overtime.
Drey opened the extra period up with a three-point play but MacMurray went on a 7-0 run to take a 117-113 lead and never looked back.
Butler had a huge performance in the loss, scoring 45 points and pulling down 10 rebounds. Neubauer dropped 31 points on 11-14 shooting and 6-8 from deep. Drey scored 29 points and eight assists. Johnson had 11 points, and Banks, Mack and Jarryd Fernandes scored two points apiece.
The Tiger women fell 78-24 on Wednesday against Eureka and dropped their road game Saturday 64-58.
Eureka outscored IW in all four periods on Wednesday. The Tigers trailed 38-24 at halftime before eventually falling by 22.
The Tiger women had a tough day shooting just like the men. They were 22-70 from the field and 5-24 from behind the three-point line.
LaStella Slack led the team with 14 points in the loss. Allie Massner had 10 points and three assists. Josie Zerrusen scored eight points. Ahlia Tai had seven points. Caitlyn Welch scored five. Darby Massner scored four points and pulled down nine rebounds. Emily Hammel had four points and Jamee Houchins scored two.
IW trailed 35-25 at halftime and 52-34 after three periods but the Tigers made a game of it in the fourth quarter. They stormed back with a 21-3 run to tie the game at 55-55 and after a Highlander layup, Zerrusen knocked down a go-ahead three. With 1:09 showing on the clock, IW had their first lead 58-57.
MacMurray?s Sheyanne Glorfield ruined the Tiger comeback, however. She hit a three-pionter with 50 seconds left to help MacMurray take back the lead and iced the game with four free throws in the final 26 seconds.
A. Massner scored 17 points in the loss Saturday. Zerrusen scored 15. Slack had nine points and three assists. D. Massner and Welch scored eight points apiece and Ahlia Tai finished with one point and 12 rebounds.
The Tiger men finished 5-20 overall and 5-12 in the SLIAC to finish ninth. The women finished 4-20 overall and 4-11 in the conference for seventh place.