BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- Illinois Wesleyan will make its 11th advancement to the NCAA Division III championships Round of eight after defeating Calvin 78-64 in the sectional semifinal round Friday at the Shirk Center.
Although the Knights were able to rally to a six-point lead in the first, the Titans regained momentum to lead at half 40-33.
Illinois Wesleyan led 11-5 with 16:11 to play in the first half with nine of those points coming from Victor Davis three 3-point filed goals. But Calvin went on a 10-0 run to grab a 15-11 lead with 11:07 left in the half. The Titans were tied at 28-28 (the only tie of the game) with 3:12 left but IWU closed the half with a 12-5 run and never trailed the rest of the game.
In the second, Calvin got within three at 49-46 with 13:30 to play but an 8-0 run extended the IWU lead to 57-46.
The Titans and Calvin each had 38 rebounds, the Titans had seven more defensive boards, but the Knights had 15 offensive caroms. Calvin committed 12 turnovers to 10 for IWU.