Third-ranked IWU flexes muscles in big win over Foresters

Third-ranked Indiana Wesleyan University flexed its muscles against the Huntington University men’s basketball team in a 105-69 loss for the Foresters on Saturday, Jan. 12.

The Wildcats, 17-3 overall and 6-2 in the Crossroads League, surpassed the century mark for the fourth time this season by connecting on 42 of 69 shots from the field for a sizzling 60.9 percent. The Foresters, meanwhile, could only hit 24 of 61 fielders for 39.3 percent as they fell to 13-7 on the season, 3-5 in league play.

IWU led 21-7 after a little more than five minutes of play and went into halftime with a 59-35 advantage.

Zac Owens led HU with 14 points. Caleb Middlesworth added 13 points, Konner Platt had 11 and Wyatt Hughes came off the bench to tally 10.

Guard Kyle Mangas, the league’s leading scorer, topped everything with 24 points. Evan Maxwell added 20 points, Canaan Coffey had 15, Isaiah Payton had 11 and Grant Smith scored 10.

The Foresters got beaten badly on the boards, 47-26. Platt and Spencer Ballinger each had four to lead HU.

Hughes and Nick Macon each had three assists to lead in that department.

The Wildcat’s Smith piled up a triple-double on the afternoon with 13 rebounds and 10 assists to go along with his scoring.