Iowa Wesleyan men win, women lose in doubleheader at Webster
BY ANDY KRUTSINGER
Mt. Pleasant News
WEBSTER GROVES — The Iowa Wesleyan basketball teams split with Webster in their road doubleheader on Saturday.
The men held on for a big win, 71-70, but the women fell short, 83-56.
The Tiger men played a tight game throughout the evening. They trailed Webster, 34-31, at halftime and trailed by as much as 11 points in the final 10 minutes.
Trailing, 57-46, with just over nine minutes remaining, IW started a big run. Brock Butler hit five points in a row and Mitch Drey cut the score to 57-53 with an inside jump shot.
Elijah Johnson, who stunned Webster with a game-winning three-pointer earlier this season, tied the game up later in the second half. He hit a three that evened the score at 63-63, with 4:55 remaining.
The Gorloks pulled back ahead, scoring five of the next seven points to take a 70-65 lead with 2:35, but the Tigers made another run to get within one thanks to four straight Michael Soukup free throws.
Webster led, 70-69, with 1:34 remaining and nobody scored for the next full minute. The Tigers eventually got the ball back with 15 seconds left and a chance to take the lead.
Steven Soukup took the ball inside and was able to draw a foul, with eight seconds left. He made both free throws and the Tigers had their first lead of the second half, at 71-70.
Webster got off a three-pointer at the buzzer to try and steal the game back but the shot went just off and the Tigers escaped with a one-point win.
Steven finished with 24 points and two blocks to lead the team. Brock Butler had 15 points.
Mitch Drey scored nine points, dished out five assists and brought down 11 rebounds. Johnson had nine points. Michael had eight points, five assists, five steals and 10 rebounds. C.J. Singletary rounded out the scoring effort with six.
The women had a rough night defensively, allowing 20 or more points in three of the four quarters, with Webster winning all four periods.
Jaimie Hurd had a good night offensively. She led the Tiger women with 17 points and four assists. She also led the team with four steals. Cairece Allen had 13 points to give the Tigers two double-digit scorers.
Josie Zerrusen scored seven points in the loss. Hunter Clark scored six. LaStella Slack had four points and eight rebounds. Allie Massner and Ahlia Tai scored three points. Darby Massner had two points and Caitlyn Welch scored one.
The Tiger men’s team moved to 14-7 overall and 10-4 in conference, which puts them in third place and one game behind Greenville and Westminster in the league standings.
The women moved to 8-11 overall and 7-5 in the SLIAC. They are now tied with Webster for fourth place.
The Tigers have a big doubleheader on Wednesday, Feb. 8. They’ll face Greenville on the road, with the women starting things off at 6 p.m.