Illinois Wesleyan runs by Wittenberg
Titans advance to NCAA tourney semis for first time since 2006
WOOSTER, Ohio -- For the fifth time in school history and the first time since 2006, Illinois Wesleyan advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA tournament after a 70-49 victory against Wittenberg on Saturday night.
The Titans got off to a 4-0 lead and never trailed in the game. The closest Wittenberg got was one point on two different occasions, at 9-8 and again at 12-11.
The Titans played stifling defense, limiting the Tigers to just 29 percent shooting in the game (15-of-52). The Tigers were 6-of-20 from 3-point range and hit on 13-of-18 free throws.
Jordan Zimmer had four 3-pointers and finished with 14 points to lead three Titans in double figures as John Koschnitzky and Eliud Gonzalez each had 10. Gonzalez also had a career-high six steals.
Illinois Wesleyan, who led at halftime 30-20, finished with 48 percent accuracy from the field (27-of-56) and hit on 9-of-21 from behind the arc (43 percent). IWU made 7-of-10 free throws on the night as well.
The Titans outrebounded Wittenberg 36-32 as Kevin Reed corralled a game-high 11 boards to go with 9 points while Andrew Ziemnik grabbed 7 rebounds for IWU.
The Titans were guilty of only seven turnovers in the game compared to 11 for the Tigers.
Clayton Black had 10 points and was the lone double-figure scorer for Wittenberg on the night, whose season came to an end with a 24-7 record.