Andrew Ziemnik led the Titans in points as Illinois Wesleyan improved to 10-0 in the CCIW (Photo Cortesy B Corbin/ You Name It Sports)
By Nick McClintock
BLOOMINGTON- Illinois Wesleyan’s victory Saturday night had a little of everything, as the Titans edged the Wheaton Thunder 79 to 64 at Shirk Center.
The Thunder actually grabbed the first four points of the contest before the Titans quickly answered with their own run, doubling up Wheaton 8-4. The rest of the half was a game of runs, however the Titans never trailed and slowly began to lengthen the lead. Illinois Wesleyan would lead by as much as 13 in the first half, and head into the locker room with a 39-30 advantage.
The Titans kept their foot on the gas throughout the second half, going on a 7-0 run and eventually scoring 17 points in the first four minutes of the half. The rest of the half had a strange rhythm to it, as Wheaton would go on a short run, followed by a resurgence by the Titans. Wheaton made a push toward the end of the second half, getting as close as nine, while the Titans sank in a shooting slump. That “slump” left Wesleyan without a field goal for 9:15 in the half. However, late free throws and solid defense down the stretch secured the Wesleyan victory.
The win gives the Titans a 10-0 mark in the CCIW, something Wesleyan last accomplished 37 years ago. The victory also gives them a three and a half game lead in the conference with just four games left in the regular season.
Leading the Titans was Andrew Ziemnik with 18, also in double figures was Pat Sodemann and Victor Davis with 14 and 12 respectively. The Thunder were led by Tyler Peters with 19.