IWU men reach triple-digits in win over MacMurray
BY ANDY KRUTSINGER
Mt. Pleasant News
The Iowa Wesleyan men unloaded all their offensive weapons on MacMurray on Wednesday night as the Tigers won their season opener.
IWU took a 15-point lead into halftime and ran away with the game in the second half to reach triple-digits in a 106-77 win.
The Tigers exploded out of the gate on a 7-0 run to start things off. Steven Soukup had five points to start the game off and Marquis Jones hit a shot in the paint to take the early seven-point lead.
The starting guards for IWU scored a combined 31 points in the first half, with Steven scoring 12, Brock Butler scoring 11 and Michael Soukup finishing the half with eight. Butler hit three shots from down town in the first 20 minutes.
The Tigers were able to force the Highlanders into mistakes in the second half with a pressure defense, and MacMurray had all kinds of trouble trying to break the press.
“(The press) was working in the second half,” head coach Alex Huisman said after the game. “We do have some good length on the perimeter. Mike and Steve (Soukup) are pretty long and Mitch (Drey) causes a lot of problems up top in the zone.”
The Tigers also lit up the gym from down town in the second half. As a team, IWU went 8-12, with Austin Walker going 3-3, Michael and Butler hitting two threes apiece and Drey hitting one from the top of the key.
The up-tempo pace along with another great half of shooting helped the Tigers outscore MacMurray, 58-44, to run away with the 29-point win.
Butler had 25 points to lead the Tigers in the win, finishing 9-14 from the floor and 5-8 from three-point land.
Steven scored 21 points and led the team with seven rebounds. He also co-led the team with three assists. Michael had 18 points and two assists.
Walker finished 13 points and C.J. Singletary had 10 to give the Tigers five double-digit scorers. Jones had nine points. Drey had eight, and Elijah Johnson had two points and three assists.
The Tigers moved to 3-3 overall with the win and 1-0 in conference play. They’ll face Blackburn College on the road on Dec. 3, at 3 p.m. The Beavers are 1-0 in conference play after winning a two-point thriller against Eureka College on Wednesday.
Huisman said after the game that while it’s good to get the first conference win, there is a long way to go.
“This is the first game in conference,” he said. “There are 17 more. It’s a long road yet.”