IWC basketball teams swept on road trip to Wisconsin
LA CROSSE, Wis. — The Iowa Wesleyan College men’s basketball team came close but couldn’t quite get ahead, falling to Viterbo, 74-70, on Saturday afternoon. The IWC women also fell to Viterbo, 65-42.
In the men’s game , IWC had a narrow lead, 65-64, with just over four minutes left in regulation when Jordan Laufenberg hit his second 3-pointer of the game to give the V-Hawks an advantage that they never gave back.
Viterbo would get another 3-pointer to give them a 70-65 lead with 1:34 to go. After the Tigers hit two free throws to pull within three at 70-67 with 28 seconds left on the clock, Viterbo was able to hit a layup and help secure the victory.
IWC’s Dan Missey made a 3-pointer of his own with four seconds left on the clock, but the Tigers ran out of time before they could do any more damage in the loss.
The first half of the game was much like the second half — a back and forth affair.
After Viterbo took a 16-10 lead with 13:40 left in the opening period, IWC used a 15-4 run to take a 25-20 lead with 8:58 left. Viterbo would score the next ten points to give them a 30-25 lead, but then it was the Tigers’ turn once again, as they outscored the V-Hawks 15-9 to lead 40-39 at the break.
Jon Umoren led the Tigers with a game-high 19 points. Kyle Warner chipped in 15 points while Missey and Cam Sanchez each scored 11, but Viterbo also had four players in double figures to help lift them to victory.
As a team, the V-Hawks finished 29-for-66 (43.9 percent) from the floor including nine-for-22 (40.9 percent) from behind the 3-point line.
Iowa Wesleyan finished the contest 29-for-61 (47.5 percent) from the floor but was just three-for-16 (18.8 percent) from 3-point range. Viterbo’s bench outscored the Tigers’ bench, 21-8.
It was the Tigers who had a 39-31 advantage on the boards.
The win moves the V-Hawks to 14-10 overall while the Tigers fall to 10-13 on the season.
In the women’s game, the game was tied at 12 apiece with 10 minutes left to play in the first half, but the V-Hawks outscored the Tigers 19-9 to take a 31-21 lead at the break.
The V-Hawks then used a 25-10 run at the start of the second half to take their largest lead of the game at 56-33 with just under nine minutes left to play.
Iowa Wesleyan would not get any closer than 18 the rest of the way.
Ashley Kruse led the Tigers with a game-high 25 points. No other Tiger score more than six.
In one of their best shooting performances of the season, the V-Hawks finished 25-for-52 (48.1 percent) from the floor. The V-Hawk defense limited the Tigers to 14-40 (35 percent) shooting. The Tigers missed all five of their shots from behind the 3-point line. Viterbo also had a 34-23 advantage on the boards, including 17 offensive rebounds that they were able to turn into 17 second chance points.
Next up for the IWC women is a trip to Ashford University in Clinton on Tuesday. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
The IWC men will be at home for their next contest, hosting William Penn University on Wednesday.
Tipoff for that game is also 7 p.m.
The Iowa Wesleyan College student organization, AMBUSH, is sponsoring a “white out “ game for the Wednesday night game against William Penn.
Fans are invited to show their Tiger spirit by wearing white to the game.