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Iowa Wesleyan men’s basketball team goes 0-2 at NWU Snyder Classic

Nov 28, 2017

By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News


LINCOLN, Neb. — The Iowa Wesleyan men’s basketball team played two games this weekend in the Synder Classic at Nebraska Wesleyan University. The Tigers were topped 117-54 by the hosting Prairie Wolves on Friday, and fell short against Carroll College, 88-75, on Saturday.

The Tigers couldn’t get anything to fall in the first half against Nebraska Wesleyan. The Prairie Wolves shot out to a huge lead, thanks in part to 18 first-half points by sixth man Dylan Dirks. When the halftime buzzer sounded, the Tigers were in a big hole, trailing 56-19.

IW was able to find their offense a little better in the second half but it wasn’t enough as NWU won the second half 61-35 en route to the 117-54 victory.

Brock Butler had a 12-point second half to finish at 17 points, which led the team. He also led the Tigers in rebounds, with six. Jarryd Fernandes added 12 points and five rebounds to give the Tigers two double-digit scorers.

Austin Banks had nine points in the loss. Mitchell Drey scored eight points off the bench. Alexander Flute had four points. Lachlan Cassidy finished with two, and both Andre Van Hook and Miguel Lopez scored one.

The Tigers trailed 38-37 at halftime in their game against Carroll College, but did work as high as a 12-point lead, at 56-44, with 14:28 remaining in the second half.

Carroll stormed back to take their first lead, at 61-60, with 9:03 remaining. A three by Butler gave the Tigers another brief lead, and after losing it again, Drey tied the game at 64-64 with a free throw, but IW ran out of steam late. The Pioneers were eventually able to pull away for a 13-point lead.

Drey and Butler co-led the team with 23 points in the loss, and each pulled down four rebounds. Drey added a team-leading two blocks and co-led the squad with four assists.

Jake Neubauer scored 14 points and led the team with five rebounds. Flute had 11 points off the bench. Camron Mack finished with three points and Fernandes had one.

The Tigers went 0-6 in their first six games, but will have a chance to right the ship with a non-conference win tonight (Tuesday). The Tigers will take on Principia in a game starting at 7 p.m.

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