|Indiana Wesleyan 24-6, 14-4 CL||34||39||73|
|Spring Arbor (Mich.) 17-13, 9-9 CL||33||38||71|
|Feb. 18, 2017|
|Spring Arbor, MI|
|Indiana Wesleyan||Indv. Leaders||Spring Arbor (Mich.)|
|#23 Lane Mahurin - 28||Points||2 Players (#5,#11) - 20|
|#23 Lane Mahurin - 11||Rebounds||#5 Zach Medendorp - 10|
|#23 Lane Mahurin - 6||Assists||#11 Paul Marandet - 7|
|Indiana Wesleyan||Team Statistics||Spring Arbor (Mich.)|
|42.1% (24 - 57)||Field Goals %||43.4% (23 - 53)|
|28.6% (6 - 21)||3 Point Field Goals %||23.5% (4 - 17)|
|63.3% (19 - 30)||Free Throws||80.8% (21 - 26)|
|2||2nd Chance Pts||8|
SPRING ARBOR, Mich. – The Spring Arbor University men's basketball team celebrated senior day by honoring Caleb Hogans, Isaac Love, Thomas Starks, Xavier Prather and student assistant Ted Stowe. After a fast paced, physical battle, the Cougars fell short to No. 9 ranked Indiana Wesleyan University, losing by two late points in the final seconds.
With 30 seconds left, the Wildcats took the lead with an old-fashioned three-point play from Lane Mahurin, and would escape with the victory after SAU's last second shot to tie came up empty.
FINAL SCORE: Spring Arbor 71, #9 Indiana Wesleyan 73
LOCATION: SAU Fieldhouse | Spring Arbor, Mich.
RECORDS: Spring Arbor 17-13 (9-9 CL) Indiana Wesleyan 24-6 (14-4 CL)
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Zach Medendorp was the first to score two minutes into the first half with a second-chance shot in the paint to start an extremely physical and fast paced conference matchup.
- Neither team led by more than six points on the afternoon, highlighting the defensive efforts from both sides. The contest featured 12 ties and 17 lead changes.
- Indiana Wesleyan grabbed a 13-8 advantage at the 13:01 mark, but a 14-4 run, capped by a bucket from Tommy Hamilton, put SAU ahead 22-17 with 8:19 to play in the opening half. Moments later, a three-pointer from Paul Maranet, would give the Cougars their largest lead of the day, 27-21.
- The Wildcats answered with a run of their own to regain the lead. Two late free throws from IWU's Lane Mahurin would give the visitors a 34-33 lead at halftime.
- Starks started the second half with energy, driving hard to the basket for a strong and-one, beginning a back-and-forth half of action.
- In the final minute, Medendorp finished two crucial free throws to put the Cougars up 71-69 with 39 seconds left. However, Mahurin, who led the Wildcats with 28 points, could not be stopped in the paint and finished an old-fashioned three-point play to put IWU in front.
- After missing a go-ahead three-pointer, SAU was forced to foul. Indiana Wesleyan made the first free throw attempt, but missed the second giving the Cougars one last chance. Marandet drove to the basket, but missed a contested shot and Starks' put-back attempt at the buzzer would not go.
FOR THE COUGARS
- Medendorp had a huge night recording his first double-double of the season with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Marandet also finished with 20 points while also adding seven assists and six rebounds.
- Starks and Jeff Beckman grabbed eight rebounds each – matching a season-best for Beckman.
- The Cougar bench contributed 39 points.
- Spring Arbor shot 43 percent (23-for-53) on the afternoon, as well as hitting 80 percent (21-for-26) of their free throw attempts.
FOR THE WILDCATS
- Indiana Wesleyan was limited to its second-fewest points in a single game this season by the league's best defense.
- The Wildcats finished shooting 42 percent (24-for-57) from the field, including just 6-for-21 from three-point range.
- Indiana Wesleyan capitalized on SAU giveaways scoring 17 points from Cougar turnovers.
- Mahurin, an NAIA All-American and this year's Crossroads League Preseason Player of the Year, was unstoppable as he recorded a game-high 28 points to go along with 11 rebounds and six assists.
- Bob Peters scored 16 points for the Wildcats while Jacob Johnson added 14.
Spring Arbor will be the No. 5 seed for the upcoming Crossroads League Tournament and will travel to No. 4-seeded Taylor University (28-2, 16-2 Crossroads League) for the first round of tournament on Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m.