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Mount Vernon knocks off IWU

Joel Okafor and Kyle Mangas both missed potential game-winning 3-pointers with under five seconds left as Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio) upset No. 6 Indiana Wesleyan University men’s basketball 83-81. 

Mangas led the Wildcats with 24 points making 9-of-19 field goals and 5-of-12 from long range. He also pulled down seven rebounds.

Evan Maxwell added 19 points and five boards while Ben Carlson finished with 13 points, seven rebounds. Grant Smith scored nine points, grabbed eight rebounds and had three assists. Okafor’s 3-pointer came with four seconds left but hit the back of the rim. Mangas grabbed the long rebound and took another 3-pointer at the buzzer but it rimmed out as well.

The game featured 13 ties and 9 lead changes, which includes 10 ties in the second half. IWU held a 52-40 lead early in the second half for the largest lead of the night. Mangas missed his first free throw attempt and it ended a streak of 24 consecutive free throws made. Caleb Dimmich holds the program record with 27 straight makes.

Indiana Wesleyan hosts No. 22 Spring Arbor (Mich.) on Saturday in the regular season finale at 1 p.m. as the first of the men’s-women’s doubleheader. Saturday is Senior Day in Luckey Arena with a pregame celebration before tip-off. An Indiana Wesleyan win clinches at least a share of the Crossroads League regular season championship and the No. 1 seed in the postseason tourney.

College baseball

IWU splits pair in Ky.

Judah Wollenburg went 3-for-3 with a grand slam in the first game of a doubleheader as Indiana Wesleyan University baseball and Shawnee State split on Tuesday.

Jacob Gividen picked up a win on the mound and Kyle Hall struck out four in two innings of relief.

IWU won the first game 8-1 then dropped the nightcap 5-3.

Gividen pitched four innings allowing three his and a run to earn the win. Wollenburg drove in five for the Wildcats.

Indiana Wesleyan plays #RV Bryan (Tenn.) this weekend in a four game weekend series in Dayton, Tennessee. The Friday doubleheader begins at 4 p.m. and the Saturday doubleheader is scheduled for 4 p.m.

Boys basketball

Madison-Grant 73, Smith Academy 33

The Argylls jumped out to a 30-8 lead by halftime and cruised to a win over Smith Academy on Tuesday night.

Wyatt Rudy poured in a 20 points to lead three M-G players in double figures. Freshmen Kaden Howell and Lance Wilson scored 13 and 12 points, respectively. Dillon Sneed added eight points and 10 rebounds while Grant Brown scored four points, grabbed six boards, dished out six assists and had three steals.

Madison-Grant (5-15) travels to Eastern on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.   

Crossroads League Athletes of the Week

Baseball Pitcher - Matt Patton, Taylor

Patton held No. 20 Campbellsville to two runs on six hits over seven innings, picking up the win on the bump in TU’s 7-3 victory. Patton fanned five without issuing a walk and extended a season-opening streak of 15-straight scoreless frames, before allowing two runs in the seventh.

Baseball Player - Austin Mettica, Taylor

Mettica helped Taylor secure a 7-3 victory at No. 20 Campbellsville in a doubleheader split with the Tigers.

Mettica collected two hits, one run and one RBI in the win and batted .375 in the twinbill.

Women’s Basketball - Nicole Ignasiak, Indiana Wesleyan

Ignasiak led No. 20 IWU past No. 16 Taylor and No. 25 Saint Francis with 18.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per win, while shooting 66.7 percent from the field. The junior forward highlighted the week with a 22-point, eight-board, four-block showing against TU.

Women’s Indoor TF Field - Plenseh-Tay Sakeuh, Taylor

Sakeuh won the Crossroads League Championship and hit NAIA A standards in the long jump and 60-meter hurdles, while also claiming All-Crossroads League honors in the 200-meter dash and 60-meter dash to pile up 36 points for first-place TU.

Women’s Indoor TF Track - Sarah Harden, Taylor

Harden scored wins in the mile, 3,000-meter and distance medley relay to push Taylor to the 2018 CL Indoor Championship. The freshman hit NAIA B standards in each of her individual events.