Crossroads News
Mon, Mar. 13, 2017 - [Men's Basketball]

        

POINT LOOKOUT, Mo. - For the second time in as many days No. 1 Indiana Wesleyan University sank a game-winning free throw with under three seconds left to win. This time Ben Carlson hit two free throws with 2.7 seconds remaining to give IWU a 64-62 win and send the Wildcats to the national semifinals for the third time in four years. 

 

GAME VITALS

  • 2017 NAIA Division II Men's Basketball National Championship Quarterfinals
  • Score:  Indiana Wesleyan def. Tabor, 64-62
  • Records:  Indiana Wesleyan  29-7   |   Tabor 25-10
  • NAIA Top- 25 Rank:  Indiana Wesleyan - No. 4   |   Tabor - No. 23
  • NAIA Tournament Seed:  Indiana Wesleyan - No. 1   |   Tabor - No. 6
  • Location:   Keeter Gymnasium   |   College of the Ozarks   |   Point Lookout, Missouri 
     
 

STAT TRACKER

  • Grant Evans:  11 points, 3-8 3FG
  • Lane Mahurin:  20 points, 9-18 FG, 10 rebounds
  • Bob Peters:  21 points, 3-5 3FG, 8-9 FT, 5 assists, 2 steals
 

DOWN THE STRETCH

  • Bob Peters' 3-point bucket at the midway point of the second half gave Indiana Wesleyan a 53-38 lead. The 15 point lead was the largest of the game. Tabor responded with an 18-2 run over the next six minutes to suddenly take a 56-55 lead.
  • Lane Mahurin fouled out with 3:01 left in the game with Indiana Wesleyan leading 57-56.
  • Davaghndre Jones put the Bluejays in the lead 60-59 with a second chance bucket with 47 second left.
  • Bob Peters was fouled on a 3-point attempt with 33.3 seconds to play. He connected on all three free throws for a 62-60 advantage.
  • Tabor quickly advanced the ball and Julian Winton drove the lane and was fouled. His two free throws with 27.4 seconds remaining tied the score at 62-62.
  • Indiana Wesleyan called timeout with 6.3 seconds to play. Grant Evans inbounded the ball to Bob Peters in the corner. He escaped a trap and found Ben Carlson trucking down the lane. Carlson was fouled and went to the line and hit both free throws with 2.7 seconds left.
  • Tabor raced down the court and their attempt to win the game at the 3-point line was off target and was after the horn.

     

GAME NOTES

  • The point totals are season lows for both teams.
  • Indiana Wesleyan shot 38.6-percent (22 of 57) from the field which was .002 better than their season low.
  • The Wildcats improve to 22-0 this season when their opponents score 79 or less points.
  • Bob Peters, Lane Mahurin, and Grant Evans combined to score 52 of the 64 Wildcat points.


 

COACH TONAGEL SAYS…

  • Bob Peters performance…
    "How big was Bob Peters. He gets fouled on the 3 and makes all three free throws. Then on the final play he is trapped in the corner with nowhere to go. He finds a way to get out and find Ben Carlson. And there was no doubt he was going to make those free throws as he's worked awfully hard this offseason."
  • Defensive effort…
    "How about our defense. We we're locking up on that end and that was one of the best performances we have had all year. They did get hot but they were hitting jumpers. We forced them into tough shots but they were just making them."
     
  • Senior class grit…
    "This group doesn't get rattled. They have been out here long enough and they made tough plays today."
     


NEXT TIME OUT

  • Indiana Wesleyan advances to the NAIA Division II Men's Basketball National Championship Semifinals on Monday. IWU plays No. 1 Union (Ky.) at 7 p.m. ET.