Illinois Wesleyan falls in wire-to-wire action against Augustana

 

Illinois Wesleyan defenders swarm around an Augustana player as the Vikings defeated IWU on Wednesday in Rock Island. (Photo by WJBC)

By Blake Haas

ROCK ISLAND, Ill.  – First half foul troubles forced the No. 14 Illinois Wesleyan Titans (16-3, 9-1) to fall to College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin foe No. 9 Augustana (15-4, 7-3) at Roy J. Carver Center for Physical Education.

The Augies pounded the Titans in the first half, outscoring the Titans 41-35 at halftime stealing the 88-79 victory. IWU took the momentum into the locker room backed behind a buzzer-beater 3-pointer from junior guard Colin Bonnett, who finished with 21 points.

The Titans came out firing on all cylinders quickly diminishing the Augies lead. Senior guard Brady Rose drilled a jumper with 6:38 left in the second half to bring the Titans within one 61-60. IWU quickly ran into foul trouble down the stretch to force wire-to-wire action into the final minutes.

IWU’s foul trouble forced the No. 14 Titans to fall to No. 9 Augustana 88-79.

The Titans were led by junior guard Colin Bonnett with 21 points and dished out two assists in the loss. Junior Jason Gregoire chipped in a career-high 18 points.

IWU returns to Shirk Center on Wednesday to take on Wheaton College (13-6, 6-4) at 7 p.m.

Blake Haas can be reached at Blake.Haas@cumulus.com

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