Defense lifts Ill. Wesleyan to upset
Augustana (Ill.) held to 32 percent shooting as Titans win by 10
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- John Koschnitzky had 14 points to lead four players in double-figure scoring as No. 25 Illinois Wesleyan downed No. 6 Augustana (Ill.) 73-63 on Tuesday. The game was tied 12 times and there were 15 lead changes in the contest.
The Titans won for the eighth consecutive time and improved to 12-2 overall and 3-0 in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin, tied for first place with North Central (Ill.). Augustana lost for the second consecutive time and is now 11-3 overall and 1-2 in league play.
Jordan Zimmer scored nine of his 12 points in the second half while Kevin Reed scored 11 and Eliud Gonzalez added 10 points.
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Augustana held a 32-31 halftime lead and the final tie of the game came with 11:21 left at 50-50 before Andrew Ziemnik knocked down a pair of 3-pointers to propel IWU to a 58-52 lead.
Augie cut the IWU lead to one at 58-57 with 7:06 to go before the Titans went on an 8-0 run to build up a 66-57 lead with 4:35 remaining.
The Vikings beat IWU on the boards, grabbing 45 rebounds compared to 30 for IWU, but Augustana shot just 32 percent for the game from the field (19-58) and connected on only four of 17 from beyond the 3-point arc (23 percent). Augie shot 77 percent from the free-throw line (21-27).
Troy Rorer scored 13 points to lead the Vikings and Kevin Schlitter scored 11. Kameron Norton grabbed a game-high seven rebounds.
The Titans shot 42 percent from the floor (22-52) and made eight of 18 treys (44 percent). IWU made 21 of 28 from the free throw line (75 percent).