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Illinois Wesleyan Athletics | December 21, 2013

Illinois Wesleyan beats Hope for tourney title

HOLLAND, Mich. -- Senior Andrew Ziemnik had 21 points and 11 rebounds and sophomore Bryce Dolan scored a career-high 17 points to lead No. 3 Illinois Wesleyan to a 91-83 win against Hope on Saturday to win the title of the 25th Holland Sentinel/Devette Classic at DeVos Fieldhouse.

Playing before a crowd of 2,777, Illinois Wesleyan improved to 9-1 this season and the Flying Dutchmen are now 3-5.

With 38 points and 23 rebounds in the two games, Ziemnik was named the tournament most outstanding player and senior Victor Davis was also named to the all-tournament team.

Wesleyan collected 38 rebounds compared to 33 for Hope and IWU committed 12 turnovers to six for Hope. Seniors Eric Dortch, Davis and Michael Mayberger all snagged six rebounds apiece.

IWU and Hope were tied 45-45 at halftime but the Titans opened up as much as an 11-point lead with 7:08 to play in the game. Wesleyan rained in 12 3-point field goals, with five coming from Dolan in seven attempts, and the Titans made 27 free throws, equaling a team-high for the season.

No. 1 Stevens Point 75, No. 7 St. Thomas (Minn.) 62

STEVENS POINT, Wis. -- Five players scored in double figures and the top-ranked Wisconsin-Stevens Point held No. 7 St. Thomas to a season-low point total in a 75-62 non-conference win on Saturday night at Bennett Court at Quandt Fieldhouse.

Tyler Tillema scored a game-high 21 points on 7-for-12 shooting from the field and was 7-7 from the line for the Pointers (8-0). Trevor Hass and Austin Ryf each scored a dozen, while Clayton Heuer and Sean McGann each added 11. The Tommies (6-2) were averaging nearly 79 points a game and had scored over 70 in each game this season.

UW-Stevens Point led by as many as 20 in the second half and shot 55.1 percent from the floor in the game. St. Thomas got as close as seven early in the second half but UWSP quickly got the lead back to double digits and led by double digits for the final 15 minutes of the game. The win was the second victory against a top-10 team this season for the Pointers.