Photo by Eric Lapan
By WJBC Staff
ST. LOUIS, Mo. – A chilly night shooting from the field hurt the Illinois Wesleyan men's basketball team in a 67-57 loss to Washington U. in the championship game of the 29th Annual Lopata Classic in St. Louis, Mo., on Saturday . The No. 7-ranked Titans fell to 5-2 while the No. 10-ranked Bears improved to 7-0. IWU junior Michael Mayberger and senior Kevin Reed were named to the all-tournament team. Illinois Wesleyan shot only 33.3 percent from the field (20 of 60) and made 8 of 22 3-pointers (36.4). The Titans made 9 of 12 free throws. Washington U. shot 41.5 from the floor (22 of 53) and connected on 6 of 17 3-point shots (35.3). The Bears made 17 of 22 from the line (77.3). IWU had a 39-34 lead in rebounds with 13 offensive boards and the Titans were guilty of 15 turnovers compared to 11 for Washington U. The game was tied three times early, the last time at 13-13 with 12:10 to play in the first half before Washington U. took a three-point lead and held on the rest of the way. The Bears had a 37-29 edge at halftime. Washington U. led by as many as 21 in the second half, 59-38, with 8:02 left in the game. IWU starting junior forward Victor Davis was not with the team due to an illness in his family. Washington U. has won 28 straight games in the Lopata Classic with their last loss coming to Illinois Wesleyan 81-75 in the 1998 championship game. IWU leads the series against Washington U., 19-14. Illinois Wesleyan has played in the title game in all four of its Lopata Classic showings (1998, 2003, 2008, 2012).