Men's Basketball - Thu, Feb. 23, 2012
DAVENPORT - The Iowa Wesleyan College men's basketball team ended its season with an 86-79 loss to St. Ambrose University in a quarterfinal game in the Midwest Collegiate Conference Tournament on Wednesday night at Lee Lohman Arena.
Eighth-seeded IWC was unable to topple the No. 1 seeded Fighting Bees and ended its season with an overall record of 12-14. St. Ambrose improves to 23-8 overall and will continue its run in the tournament against fifth-seeded Waldorf College on Friday night in a semifinal game. The Warriors upset No. 4 seed Clarke University, part of a wild night in the MCC Tournament in which three of the four lower seeded teams won quarterfinal games.
The Tigers were unable to take advantage of an opportunity late to make it a one-possession game. IWC came within five points with 1:52 left to play on a three-pointer by Davis Warner
). SAU's Marquez Davis then missed the front end of a one-and-one, but Davis stole the rebound from several Wesleyan players, and the Bees went on to hit 11 of their last 12 from the line to help defeat the Tigers.
IWC struggled in the first half, going down as many as 13 points as St. Ambrose knocked down eight three-pointers while the Tigers were 0 of 6 from behind the arc. The Tigers were able to close the gap to five points on a jumper by Bruce Brooks
(Jr.-Kansas City, Kan.
) to go into halftime down just 38-33. Davis Warner
, Kyle Warner
) and Donnie Osborne
) each led the Tigers with seven points in the first half of play.
The Tigers never led in the game and only tied it once with 17:05 left in the first half with a score of 4-4. IWC shot 46.2% (30 of 65), while the Fighting Bees shot 52.8% (28 of 53) from the field. SAU also dominated the Tigers on the boards 42-30, including a 23-10 rebounding bulge in the second half.
Brooks and Davis Warner
led the Tigers with 15 points each. Osborne added 14 points off the bench. Brooks and Kyle Warner
both led the Tigers with six rebounds and Jon Umoren
) paced the team with four assists.
Justin Blondell led the Bees with 16 points and hit three of SAU's 12 three-pointers for the game. Nicholas Frazier and Mike Kennedy both added 15 points. Kennedy also led SAU with ten rebounds.
In the other MCC tourney quarterfinals Mount Mercy University and Grand View University pulled upsets. Sixth-seeded Mount Mercy upset No. 3 seed and defending tournament champion Ashford University 77-74, and No. 7 seed Grand View won at No. 2 William Penn University 93-88. Mount Mercy now will host Grand View in the other semifinal game Friday night.Box score #1 SAU 86 #8 IWC 79