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Illinois Wesleyan Athletics | March 7, 2014

Overstreet's free throws provide difference in Illinois Wesleyan's 71-70 victory

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- In the first round of the 2014 NCAA championship, Illinois Wesleyan ousted Webster 71-70 with two game-winning free throws from Dylan Overstreet with 9 seconds left on Friday at the Shirk Center.

The Titans (24-4) will face St. Norbert on Saturday. The Green Knights (25-1) defeated Ohio Wesleyan 87-79 in the first game of the night.

IWU controlled the first half, leading the Gorloks 40-27 going into halftime. The Titans built up a big lead in the early part of the second half, as the Titans led by as much as 54-40 with 14:30 to play, but Webster responded with a 15-0 run to jump ahead 55-54 with 9:42 on the clock, shifting the game's momentum.

In the final five minutes of the game, the Titans and Gorloks fought back-and-forth, coming to a head with nine seconds on the clock when Webster led 70-69. However, the Gorloks sent Overstreet to the charity stripe, where he sunk both free throws to secure the 71-70 victory. An offensive foul gave the ball back to IWU with 3 seconds left.

The Titans were outrebounded 35-31 in the game and committed 14 turnovers compared to 18 for the Gorloks.