Men's Basketball - Sat, Jan. 28, 2012
LA CROSSE, WIS. - Iowa Wesleyan College turned the ball over 20 times to Viterbo (Wis.) University and couldn't overcome its mistakes in a 71-56 loss Saturday afternoon in Midwest Collegiate Conference play.
The V-Hawks finished with a 27-8 advantage in points off turnovers and held the Tigers to 33.3% shooting in the second half, gaining a split of the two teams' regular season home-and-home series. Both teams are now 5-7 in the conference standings and locked in a four-way tie for sixth with Grand View University and Waldorf College.
IWC (10-9 overall) got off to a good start with a six-point lead in the opening minutes but never could find a rhythm after that. The Tigers led a good portion of the first half but eventually fell behind 36-33 at halftime as the V-Hawks (10-14 overall) turned ten Wesleyan turnovers into 18 points.
Iowa Wesleyan was then held without a point for the first 6:25 of the second half. In that time Viterbo opened up a 47-33 lead, and the Tigers would only get within single digits one more time the rest of the game, at 49-40 with 11:05 left after a jumper by Shakka Eke
Matt Turba and Izac Sheforgen combined to almost single handedly defeat the Tigers. The V-Hawk backcourt combined for 41 points, and Turba supplemented his 23 points with nine steals. Viterbo as a team shot 48.1% (26 of 54), while IWC shot 20 of 47 (42.6%).
Eke led Wesleyan with 18 points and nine rebounds. Davis Warner
) added 17 points, while Kyle Warner
) added seven rebounds. The Tigers out-rebounded Viterbo 35-26, but the V-Hawks committed just 12 turnovers.
The Tigers return to the court Wednesday night to face Waldorf at 7:30 p.m. at Ruble Arena in another important MCC game. The IWC basketball teams will be taking part in the WBCA Pink Zone and NBCA Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers initiatives Wednesday.Box score Viterbo 71 IWC 56