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IW men drop road game at Principia

Feb 02, 2017

The Iowa Wesleyan men’s basketball team traveled to Elsah, Ill. for a SLIAC matchup against Principia College on Tuesday.

The Tigers were looking to stay in the top spot of the conference standings after picking up a win against Spalding University this past Saturday. The Tigers fell behind in the first half, and despite a comeback attempt late in the second half, IW was defeated 102-98 by the Panthers.

Mitch Drey opened up the scoring by draining a three pointer for Iowa Wesleyan in the first half. Principia was able to tie the game up on the next possession.

The Tiger offense was a little sloppy to start the game, and the Panthers took advantage of IW’s turnovers by building an eight-point lead. Austin Walker ended Principia’s run by hitting a three-pointer to cut the deficit to five points.

Iowa Wesleyan struggled to find a way to shut down Principia’s offensive attack, and the Panthers once again saw the Panther lead grow. The Tigers trailed by as many as 16 points in the first half, but they did not stop fighting.

Iowa Wesleyan was able to get some shots to fall late in the half to chip away at the lead. Michael Soukup came up with a steal on defense and Steven Soukup sank a three-pointer to get the offense going. Brock Butler followed with a three-pointer of his own to cut the deficit to single digits.

Steven connected from behind the arc with two minutes remaining in the half to bring the score to 45-40 in favor of the Panthers. Iowa Wesleyan closed out the half with a steal by Dallas Majors and Steven converted a three-point play to cut the Principia lead to 49-45 at the end of the period.

Principia scored four early points to kick off the second half, but Brock scored in the paint for the Tigers to stop the run.

Michael found Steven for a layup in the paint to bring IW within five points of the Panther lead with 18:08 on the clock.

Principia’s offense put together another run to build a ten-point lead on several different occasions in the early minutes of the second half.

Iowa Wesleyan and Principia traded baskets for a stretch, and the Tigers were unable to stop Principia’s offense.

With 7:53 remaining in the game, the Panthers held an 83-69 advantage over the Tigers. Iowa Wesleyan did not let that discourage them, however, and they went on an offensive run that saw the lead shrink to five points when Butler hit a big three-pointer for IW with just under five minutes to go.

Once again, Principia was able to build their lead back up to double digits with just over a minute left to play in the game but the Tigers refused to give up.

Iowa Wesleyan was able to get within four points with 10 seconds remaining after Steven scored a layup in the paint. IW was forced to foul and Principia knocked down both shots to go back up by six. CJ Singletary scored the final points for the Tigers with a layup with two seconds remaining. Iowa Wesleyan’s comeback efforts fell short, and Principia would hold on to win 102-98.

Steven once again led the Tigers in scoring. He finished the game with 39 points and five rebounds.He was 15-22 from the field and was 6-10 from behind the arc. Butler recorded 20 points for the Tigers and finished the game with four three-pointers.

Michael recorded a triple-double for IW in the loss. He scored 16 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, and dished out 10 assists on the night. Mitch Drey added 11 points on 4-7 shooting from the field.

With the loss, Iowa Wesleyan is now 13-7 overall and 9-4 in conference play. The Tigers will be back in action this weekend in a key SLIAC matchup against Webster at 3 p.m.

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