MARION, Ind. – Kyle Mangas put on another show in Luckey Arena with a new career-high 34 points in an 89-71 win over Marian (Ind.). The Knights were held to 24 points below their season average and their high-powered guard tandem of Wes Stowers and Sterling Brown were limited to a combined 20 points on 7-of-30 shooting.
- Score: Indiana Wesleyan def. Marian, 89-71
- Records: Indiana Wesleyan 9-2, 3-1 Crossroads League | Marian 8-4, 1-3 Crossroads League
- NAIA Top- 25 Rank: Indiana Wesleyan – No. 4 | Marian – Not ranked
- Location: Luckey Arena | Indiana Wesleyan University | Marion, Indiana
- Jacob Johnson: 5 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists
- Joel Okafor: 5 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists
- Kyle Mangas: 34 points, 13-17 FG, 6-8 3FG, 4 rebounds, 4 assists
- Grant Smith: 8 points, 6 assists
- Ben Carlson: 15 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 blocks
INSIDE THE BOXSCORE
- Marian’s Wes Stowers (22.6 points) and Sterling Brown (20.2 points) entered play averaging nearly 43 combined points. The duo was held to less than half their average with 20 points (7 of 30 FG), which included just 7 points in the opening half as Indiana Wesleyan built a 47-27 lead at the break.
- Kyle Mangas set a new career-high with 34 points on 13-of-17 shooting. He was 6-of-8 from 3-point range and added 4 rebounds and 4 assists. It was the second time Mangas scored more than 30 points this season in Luckey Arena.
- Marian entered play averaging 95 points per game and was limited to 24 points below their season average.
COACH TONAGEL SAYS…
- On holding Marian to 24 points below their season average…
“I thought that was our best defensive effort of the year. We were engaged and guarded collectively and I think that showed throughout the game.”
- On Kyle Mangas’ 34-point effort…
“I don’t think that will be the last time you say that’s a new career-high when talking about Kyle Mangas. And he did it on just 17 shots, he is just so efficient.”
- On the difference between tonight and Saturday…
“We are young and inexperienced so you are going to see glimpses of good basketball and you’re going to see glimpses of bad basketball. This was a stark contrast to Saturday. And a lot of it was just mental. We need to know we are going to get everybody’s best shot so we have to come ready and focused and dialed in. I thought we were dialed in tonight.”
NEXT TIME OUT
- Indiana Wesleyan takes a weekend trip to Ohio for a pair of games. Indiana Wesleyan battles Ohio Christian at 7:30 p.m. on Friday in Circleville, Ohio and then plays Cincinnati Christian (Ohio) at 3 p.m. on Saturday in Cincinnati.