Men's Basketball - Thu, Feb. 9, 2012
DUBUQUE - Clarke University shot 55.6% for the game and the Iowa Wesleyan College men's basketball team was dealt a humbling 92-79 loss Wednesday night on the road in Midwest Collegiate Conference play.
The Crusaders shot 76.0% in the first half and the Tigers never led, falling behind 52-33 at halftime. Clarke won an important game in the conference standings, improving to 8-7 in the MCC (17-9 overall) while Wesleyan dropped to 6-9 in league play and 11-11 overall.
IWC offered little resistance in the first half as the Crusaders made 19 of 25 shots over the first 20 minutes. Clarke also out-rebounded the Tigers 16-6 in the first half, and Wesleyan was unable to keep up despite shooting 48.1% (13 of 27) at the break.
Iowa Wesleyan trailed by as many as 21 early in the second half and got no closer than 11 points the rest of the way. Derrick Nillissen
) hit a three-pointer to make it 74-63 with 6:37 left but the Tigers went scoreless the next 3:40 and never mounted a serious challenge down the stretch.
) and Shakka Eke
) led IWC with 17 points each. Davis Warner
) added 13 points and Nillissen chipped in 11 off the bench, and both Nillissen and Davis Warner
hit three three-pointers each. The Tigers shot 31 of 63 (49.2%) for the game but were out-rebounded 37-25 and also hit just 9 of 17 free throws (52.9%).
Bryan Louff scored 16 points to lead four Clarke players in double figures. Even after shooting just 37.9% in the second half the Crusaders finished shooting 30-for-54 and also hit 24 of 28 free throw attempts (85.7%).
IWC concludes the regular season with three straight home games starting Saturday against Ashford University. Game time is 3 p.m. at Ruble Arena, and live audio and video will be available online at http://www.iwc.edu/onlinemedia
.Box score Clarke 92 IWC 79