GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – No. 1 Indiana Wesleyan University men’s basketball dominated the second half en route to an 85-62 win over No. 7 Cornerstone (Mich.) in the final game of the Crossroads League/WHAC Challenge in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Evan Maxwell and Trevor Waite nearly scored career-highs as the Wildcats beat the Golden Eagles for the fifth time in six meetings.
DOMINANT SECOND HALF
Indiana Wesleyan led 40-37 at halftime but went on to outscore Cornerstone 45-25 in the second half. IWU shot 56-percent (18 of 32) in the second half while Cornerstone only hit at a clip of 37-percent (10 of 27).
MAXWELL, WAITE PRODUCE
Evan Maxwell scored a game-high 33 points on 13-of-16 field goals and was one point off his career-high of 34 which came last season vs. Marian (Ind.). Trevor Waite added 14 points off the bench and was 4-of-5 from 3-point range. His career-high of 16 points came last year vs. Cornerstone.
SHARING THE BALL
The Wildcats accumulated 28 assists on 33 made field goals. It is the most assists in a game since a 28 assist performance vs. Miami-Hamilton (Ohio) on November 4, 2017. IWU had a combined 33 assists in the first two games this season.
“Evan really showed some heart tonight. His motor was outstanding. We are showing signs of improvement every night out.”
NEXT FOR THE WILDCATS
It does not get any easier for Indiana Wesleyan as the Wildcats host No. 2 IU East on Tuesday in Luckey Arena. The 1 vs. 2 showdown is a rematch of last season’s NAIA National Semifinals. Tip is set for approximately 8 p.m. as the women’s basketball team hosts Cornerstone at 6 p.m.