HOLLAND, Mich. – The UW-Stevens Point men's basketball team could not advance past the first round of the NCAA Division III Tournament as it fell to Illinois Wesleyan 69-61 on Friday afternoon on the Hope College campus.
Illinois Wesleyan stormed out to an 18-6 lead, gaining a 12-point advantage with 11:57 remaining in the first half. In that stretch, the Titans' Jordan Zimmer and Victor Davis combined for 16 of the first 18 points for IUW.
Jordan Giordana (Kaukauna, WI/Kaukauna) cut the Titans lead to four at 23-19 on a jumper with just under five minutes remaining in the half to bring the Pointers back within reach. IUW then scored eight of the next 11 points, taking a nine-point, 31-22 lead into halftime.
In the second half, senior Dan Tillema (Randolph, WI/Randolph/Minnesota-Duluth) led the Pointers comeback and his jumper at the 11:35 mark, brought UWSP within two at 39-37.
IUW then went on a 14-6 run to increase its lead back to 10 on Nick Anderson's jumper with 7:50 remaining.
The Titans defense stepped up on the Pointers and held between an eight and 11-point lead throughout the rest of the contest as Illinois Wesleyan came away with a 69-61 victory.
IUW's swarming defense held UWSP to 34.7 percent from the field while the Titans connected on 44.4 percent of their attempts.
Senior Jordan Brezinski (Muskego, WI/Muskego) led all scorers with 21 points including 9-of-11 from the free throw line while recording five rebounds. D. Tillema scored 14 points, 10-of-12 from the charity stripe, and sophomore Trevor Hass (New London, WI/New London/Augustana (SD)) tallied 11 points and seven rebounds.
John Koschnitzky led four Titans in double figures with 15 points while Eliud Gonzalez led the team with seven rebounds and six assists.
UW-Stevens Point concludes its season with a 20-8 record, the 10th time in the last 11 years it has amassed 20 or more victories.
Courtesy: UWSP Sports Information