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IWU downs St. Francis for Crossroads lead

Indiana Wesleyan University men’s basketball team completed a regular season sweep of No. 3 Saint Francis (Ind.) with an 86-82 win on Saturday in Fort Wayne. The victory vaults No. 6 Indiana Wesleyan to the top spot in the Crossroads League standings with a game lead and just two games left on the schedule.

Freshman Kyle Mangas poured in 24 points and made 12-of-12 from the free throw line. Evan Maxwell hit 6-of-10 from the floor and scored 17 points, Jacob Johnson chipped in 16 and Canaan Coffey added 15 points - making all five of his three-point attempts - and dished out three assists.

Indiana Wesleyan has won six straight contests in the series with Saint Francis. The win streak began with the 2016 NAIA DII National Championship game.

The Cougars dominated down low with a 50-24 advantage in points in the paint and a 30-19 edge in rebounds. The 19 boards is seven less than the previous season-low. But the Wildcats countered from deep with 12-of-20 (60-percent) shooting from 3-point range and finished with a season-best six turnovers.

IWU clinches a share of the regular season championship and the No. 1 seed in the Crossroads League Tournament with a win or a Saint Francis loss.

Indiana Wesleyan (22-6, 13-3 in CL) travels to play Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio) at 7 p.m. Tuesday.  

Taylor 96, Goshen 94

Mason Degenkolb knocked down a jump shot as time expired lifting the Trojans to a Crossroads League win over the Maple Leafs.

Ryan Robinson led Taylor with 20 points while Degenkolb added 20. Jake Heggeland finished with 15 points and pulled down a game-high nine rebounds. Evan Crowe, Tim Fleming and James McCloud all scored eight points apiece for the Trojans.

Robinson added seven boards and five assists and Degenkolb also dropped five assists.

Taylor (16-12, 7-9 in CL) hosts Huntington for its Senior Night at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Women’s basketball

Indiana Wesleyan women’s basketball flustered No. 25 Saint Francis holding them to 31 percent shooting in their 61-52 victory on Saturday. Anna Imhoff led all Wildcats with 15 points while Nicole Ignasiak poured in 14.

USF started off the contest with an 8-2 run. No. 20 IWU would match them with an 11-1 run of their own. Imhoff scored nine straight points going 3-of-3 from long-range during the run.

Katie Key gave the Wildcats the four-point lead after a quarter of play hitting a 3-point buzzer beater. IWU shot 83 percent (5-of-6) from the three in the first quarter.

The Wildcats shot a red-hot 61 percent,  hitting 14-of-23 from the field and making 8-of-9 from the 3-point range over the opening 20 minutes.

IWU held Saint Francis to 19 percent from the field in the second half.

Carly Lange added 10 points and nine rebounds for IWU.

Indiana Wesleyan travels to Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio) Wednesday for a 7 p.m. tipoff.

Taylor 78, Goshen 47

Lauren James exploded for 24 points on 7-of-10 3-point shooting off the Trojans bench in helping her team cruise to an easy Crossroads League win. James also grabbed six rebounds.

Abby Buchs knocked down 6-of-7 from long range to finish with 18 points while Kendall Bradbury added 16 points and nine rebounds for Taylor.

The Trojans (19-9, 12-4 in CL) hosts Huntington for Senior Night at 7 p.m. Wednesday. 

Boys basketball

Greenwood 69, Marion 64

The Giants dropped their second game in less than 24 hours at Greenwood on Saturday.

Marion found itself trailing by 11 points in the fourth quarter but rallied and had a chance to tie in the waning seconds. However a pair of late 3-point attempts were off and the Woodmen secured the win from the free throw line.

No additional details were reported.

Marion (14-6) hosts Harrison at 8 p.m. Friday in its last North Central Conference game of the season. The Giants close the season with a home game against Fort Wayne Snider on Feb. 23.