By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News
The Iowa Wesleyan men scored in bunches on Tuesday night, topping Fontbonne 100-97 for their second win of the season. The Tigers dropped the Griffins to 1-6 in conference, moving one game ahead of them in the standings.
The Tigers came out of the gates red hot. IW went 19-37 from the field and 9-18 from the three-point land over the first 20 minutes. They were especially successful from the outside, with Brock Butler knocking down four first-half three-pointers and Elijah Johnson sinking three. IW took a 55-44 lead into the locker rooms.
The Tigers cooled off a bit from the outside but still held a comfortable lead throughout the second half. IW consistantly got to the free throw line, going 17-22 in the second half.
IW led by 12 points, at 94-82, with one minute remaining on the clock, but Fontbonne did make it semi-interesting down the stretch. The Griffins were able to hit four-straight shots down the stretch, three of which were from behind the three-point line.
The last shot from the Griffins was a three-pointer by Kris McCann, with one second remaining. Fontbonne couldn?t steal the inbounds pass, however, and IW got away with a three-point victory.
?I think the biggest key with making those shots is we got the shots that we want,? said head coach Alex Huisman about the offensive explosion. ?The guys were aggressive, putting the ball on the floor. We?d kick it inside out for an easy catch and shoot (and) for guys like Brock and Elijah, they?re going to knock that down more times than not.?
Butler had a huge day, scoring 33 points and pulling down eight rebounds to lead the team. Mitchell Drey scored 18 points on an efficient 7-10 shooting day. Johnson scored 13 points and both Austin Rebel and Camron Mack scored 11 to give the Tigers five players in double figures.
Jarryd Fernandes and Austin Banks each finished the day with five points. Banks led the team with eight assists and three steals. Jake Neubauer rounded out the scoring effort with four points.
IW moved to 2-12 overall with the win and 2-5 in conference play. They?ll travel to play Eureka College on Saturday, Jan. 13, at 3 p.m.