Indiana Wesleyan used an explosive offensive performance in the first half on Saturday in downing defending NAIA Division II national champ and No. 15 Spring Arbor, 93-68 in Michigan.
The No. 2 Wildcats led 54-34 at the break after shooting a sizzling 61 percent (22-of-36) from the field in the first 20 minutes. SAU committed 10 turnovers and made 13-of-21 in the half.
Kyle Mangas, last week’s Crossroads League and NAIA Player of the Week, continued his scoring frenzy finishing with 35 points. Mangas collected 26 of them in the first half on 10-of-13 shooting. He was a perfect 4-for-4 from deep in the first half, finishing the game 7-of-9.
Tanner Rubio added 15 points, Noah Smith finished with 14 and Seth Maxwell chipped in 12 points and eight boards as the the Wildcats moved to 7-1 this season against Top-25 opponents.
IWU held a commanding 40-20 rebounding advantage.
IWU (15-3, 5-1 in CL) hosts Huntington University (9-8, 1-5) at 5 p.m. today.
Indiana Wesleyan 78, Spring Arbor 58
The Wildcats picked up their sixth-straight win Saturday with their Crossroads League triumph in Spring Arbor, Michigan.
IWU led 15-9 after the first quarter and extended to a 35-22 advantage by halftime. The ‘Cats forced 15 turnovers in the first half in building their 13-point lead. SAU finished the contest with 25 errors.
Dayton Groninger missed just one shot in the first half, shooting 5-of-6 from and scored 12 of her 21 points.
Anne Secrest added 14 points and Adrianna Trexler finished with 13 points and a game-high seven rebounds.
The Wildcats scored 24 of their 35 first-half points in the the paint and finished with 56 for the game.
Led by Trexler, Indiana Wesleyan’s bench outscored the Cougars, 28-1.
The RV Wildcats (13-5, 4-2 in CL) host No. 22 Huntington (15-3, 4-2) on Wednesday at 5 p.m.