IWU Men’s Basketball Advances to Fourth Straight League Championship Game

by | Feb 25, 2018 | RRSN News | 0 comments

MARION, Ind. – Top-seed Indiana Wesleyan University men’s basketball won a physical 90-77 battle over No. 5-seed Huntington (Ind.) on Saturday in the Crossroads League Tournament Semifinals. IWU hosts No. 2-seed Saint Francis (Ind.) in the Tuesday title game as the Wildcats seek the program’s third tournament championship in program history.



  • Crossroads League Tournament Semifinals
  • Score:  Indiana Wesleyan def. Huntington, 90-77
  • Records:  Indiana Wesleyan  25-7   |   Huntington 14-18
  • Crossroads League Tournament Seed:  Indiana Wesleyan – No. 1   |   Huntington – No. 5
  • NAIA Top- 25 Rank:  Indiana Wesleyan – No. 5   |   Huntington – Not ranked
  • Location:   Luckey Arena   |   Indiana Wesleyan University   |   Marion, Indiana




  • Indiana Wesleyan built an early 28-14 lead with nine minutes left in the opening half, but over the next four minutes Huntington reeled off a 16-2 run to tie the score 30-30. IWU scored seven of the final nine points of the half to take a 39-34 lead into halftime.
  • Evan Maxwell scored 13 seconds into the second half to give the Wildcats a seven point lead. The Wildcats’ lead stayed between 7 and 13 points for the next 15 minutes until the Foresters trimmed the deficit to 77-71 with 5 minutes remaining.
  • Huntington could get no closer and a 13-4 Indiana Wesleyan run cemented the semifinal victory.


  • Indiana Wesleyan advances to the league tournament championship game for the fourth consecutive season. IWU is now 8-3 in the semifinal round under head coach Greg Tonagel.
  • Turnovers played a key part in the semifinal game as the Wildcats outscored the Foresters 23-2 in points off turnovers. IWU ended the game with 9 turnovers compared to 18 for HU.


  • “It was a good game today. It was two teams playing to get to that championship game. I thought our team answered their runs very well. There was a lot of intensity out there by both teams and a lot of toughness plays. Guys have bumps and bruises and there’s blood. At this time of year if you want to move on you have to make those plays.”


  • Indiana Wesleyan hosts the Crossroads League Tournament Championship on Tuesday night with a 7 p.m. tip-off. Top-seed IWU hosts No. 2-seed Saint Francis (Ind.) for the postseason title and all IWU students get in FREE with their student ID. USF beat No. 6 Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio) 87-73 in the other semifinal game in Fort Wayne.

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