Cold-shooting Titans falter in CCIW Tournament

Illinois Wesleyan basketball
Illinois Wesleyan fell to North Central in the CCIW Tournament semfinals on Friday in Rock Island. (Photo by WJBC)

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.

Eric Stock can be reached at eric.stock@cumulus.com.

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