Kevin Reed chipped in 12 points for Illinois Wesleyan against North Park on Wednesday. (Photo By B Corbin/WJBC)
By Joel Swanson
CHICAGO - Illinois Wesleyan used its superior size advantage inside to overpower North Park in an 86-59 Titan victory Wednesday night.
The start of the game was delayed for nearly an hour because the Titans had left their jerseys in Bloomington.
The Titans built a 15-point halftime lead by outrebounding the Vikings 25-14 and getting 23 inside points. North Park was able to cut the Titan lead to under 10 early in the second half but the Titans wore down the Vikings in the end.
Brady Zimmer led the way for the Titans with 22 points. Kevin Reed added 12 points and 11 rebounds for the winners.
Illinois Wesleyan improved to 13-3 on the season and 5-0 in the CCIW. North Park dropped to 6-10 and 1-4 in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin.
The Titans travel to Decatur on Saturday to face Millikin.
IWU women roll
The Illinois Wesleyan men easily defeated North Central, 125-89, at Shirk Center. The Cardinals employ a Grinnell-style run-and-gun offense, but connected on just 11 of 46 three-point attempts as IWU marched out to a 57-point lead.
Katy Seibing led IWU with 23 points. Melissa Gardner added 21 for the Titans who improve to 10-6, 3-2 in the CCIW.