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IWU men upset by North Park

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CHICAGO — The Illinois Wesleyan basketball team began to lose its grip on Saturday’s College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin game late in the first half.

The Titans saw the contest completely slip through their fingers in the second half and suffered an upset 65-57 loss to North Park.

“We just have to be a lot tougher on the road in terms of the ability to finish plays and certainly on the boards,” IWU coach Ron Rose said.

No. 16-ranked IWU slipped to 13-4 overall and 4-2 in the CCIW. North Park improved to 8-9 and 2-4, respectively.

The Titans held a 24-14 lead after a Jordan Zimmer tip-in at the 7:01 mark of the first half but led only 30-28 at the half.

North Park used a 9-0 run to assume a 41-34 second-half lead. Wesleyan pulled within 44-42 on a pair of John Koschnitzky free throws with 8:23 to play. But the Vikings scored the next seven points.

“The first half when we had the opportunity to extend the lead, we made poor decisions and didn’t finish inside,” said Rose. “The second half when we clearly did not shoot the ball as well as we’re capable, we need to do other things well. We had key possessions where we either didn’t get the shot we were looking for or did not get the rebound we needed.”

North Park held a 39-25 rebounding advantage and was led by the 12 points of Davone Robinson and 11 from Clayton Cahill.

Zimmer and Doug Sexauer scored 12 points each for the Titans. Sean Johnson chipped in 11. IWU connected on just 5 of 22 from 3-point range.

North Park 65, IWU 57

AT CHICAGO

ILLINOIS WESLEYAN

    Min    FG    FT    Reb    A    PF    Pt

Johnson     31    4-11    0-2    3    1    2    11

J. Zimmer     34    5-12    0-0    3    1    2    12

Sexauer    32    6-11    0-0    4    2    3    12

Koschnitzky    28    4-10    1-2    3    2    3    9

Gonzalez    27    2-4    0-0    1    4    4    4

Rudnicki    16    1-4    2-2    3    4    2    4

Schick    12    1-2    0-0    1    1    1    2

Schouten    2    0-0    0-0    1    0    0    0

Lawson    5    0-3    0-0    2    0    1    0

Connolly    13    1-1    1-2    1    0    2    3

Team                3

Totals    200    24-58    4-8    25    15    20    57

NORTH PARK

    Min    FG    FT    Reb    A    PF    Pt

Collins     27    3-5    0-2    2    1    2    8

Cahill    31    3-9    4-5    2    2    1    11

Hoekstra    18    2-3    0-0    1    0    0    5

Greer    14    1-4    1-2    0    0    1    3

Crosby    30    4-8    0-0    9    0    1    8

Lockhart    0+    0-0    0-0    0    0    0    0

Russell    0+    1-1    0-0    1    0    0    3

Gonzalez    28    3-6    0-0    7    3    1    6

Robinson    22    2-4    8-10    5    0    0    12

Mouzaoui    9    0-3    0-2    3    0    2    0

Gabriel    21    2-3    5-7    5    0    4    9

Team                4

Totals    200    21-46    18-28    39    6    12    65

Illinois Wesleyan         30     27   — 57

North Park           28     37   — 65

Three-point field goals: IWU 5-22 (Johnson 3-7, J. Zimmer 2-7, Sexauer 0-1, Schick 0-1, Rudnicki 0-1, Lawson 0-1, Koschnitzky 0-3); North Park 5-14 (Collins 2-4, Russell 1-1, Hoekstra 1-2, Cahill 1-4, Gonzalez 0-1, Greer 0-2).

Turnovers: IWU 14, North Park 19. Blocked shots: IWU 0, North Park 2 (Crosby, Mouzaoui). Steals: IWU 5 (Gonzalez 2, J. Zimmer, Sexauer, Rudnicki), North Park 6 (Collins, Cahill, Hoekstra, Crosby, Gonzalez).

Attendance: 1,002.

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