By Andy Krutsinger,
Mt. Pleasant News
DUBUQUE ? Things were going smoothly through the first half for the Iowa Wesleyan men?s basketball team on Tuesday night but a rough second half led to a 76-56 loss to an undefeated University of Dubuque team.
The Tigers scored the first four points of the game to get things started, and although Dubuque took the lead early, it was IW who was on the advantage for the majority of the half.
The Tigers led by as much as nine points in the first period, taking that lead on a three-pointer by Brock Butler, which made it 30-21 with 1:24 showing on the clock.
Unfortunately for the Tigers, Dubuque was able to close the half on a five-point run and cut the IW lead to 30-26 before the halftime buzzer sounded.
Jarryd Fernandez opened the second half up with a layup to stretch the IW lead to six points, but after that it was all Dubuque. The Spartans hit six three-pointers and outrebounded IW 26-9 in the second half to pull away with a 20-point victory.
Tuesday?s game marked the return of senior forward Mitchell Drey, who played his first game this season. He co-led the Tigers with 12 points, and added five rebounds, three blocks, three assists and two steals to his stat line.
Butler finished with 12 points of his own, and also co-led the team with five rebounds. Jake Neubauer had 11 points and three rebounds. Flute finished with 10 points. Austin Banks scored six points and co-led the squad with three assists. Avree Clark scored three points and Fernandes finished with two.
IW fell to 0-4 to start the season but will have a couple more chances to pick up a win before the SLIAC opener. The Tigers will have two games at the NWU Snyder Classic in Lincoln, Neb., this weekend, playing Nebraska Wesleyan University tonight (Friday) at 7 p.m., and Carroll College on Saturday, Nov. 25, at 3 p.m.
The first IW home game will be on Tuesday, Nov. 28, at 7 p.m., when they host Principia College in the SLIAC opener.