By Eric Stock
ROCK ISLAND – Two losses in the final week of the season have Illinois Wesleyan sweating it out for an NCAA at-large bid.
The No. 15 Titans failed to overcome a cold shooting night in losing for the second time in four days to North Central, 70-64, in the semifinals of the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin Tournament at the Roy J. Carver Center.
IWU (19-7) jumped out to a 7-2 lead, but managed just two baskets in the next 12:42 as NCC (19-7) grabbed a 23-12 lead on a Tommy Koth jumper. The Cardinals extended the lead to 37-21 at 17:17 of the second half on a Koth three-pointer.
The Titans clawed to within 49-45 on Alex O’Neill’s layup with 7:17 to go, but IWU went cold down the stretch.
The Titans were led by O’Neill’s 14 points and 10 rebounds. Brady Rose scored 10 points on 4-for-21 field goal shooting.
IWU will find out on Monday if it will receive an NCAA Division III Pool C bid.
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