Monday, January 30, 2017

Spalding University's Tough Season Continues in Iowa

Iowa Wesleyan 101

Spalding University 75

Final from Mount Pleasant, Iowa

Game recap by SU:

MOUNT PLEASANT, Iowa – The Spalding men's basketball team suffered its second consecutive loss, falling to SLIAC opponent Iowa Wesleyan University, 101-75, Saturday afternoon. The loss drops the Golden Eagles to 3-17 overall and 2-10 in SLIAC play.

Four Golden Eagles scored in double figures, led by senior Nick Trisko who scored 28 points to go with 14 rebounds for his ninth straight double-double and 15th on the season. Sophomore Keith Wallace scored a season-high 16 points, Steven Gordon scored 15 points and Demarcus Kennedy added 10.

After scoring the opening basket, Spalding fell behind by seven with 10:18 remaining in the half. Iowa Wesleyan widened the margin with a 19-8 run to take a 41-23 lead with four minutes remaining in the first half. Spalding went into the locker room at halftime trailing 52-31.

The lead for the Tigers widened to 30 before a late charge by Spalding led by Trisko brought it to within 23 points with just under eight minutes remaining. A strong second half offensively for Spalding in which they shot 55% (17-31 from the field) wasn't enough to overcome the Tiger's lead, however, as the final score favored Iowa Wesleyan, 101-75.

Spalding travels back to Louisville Wednesday for a rematch against Westminster College. The tip is set for 8 pm EST at Derek Smith Gymnasium.

Current SLIAC Standings:

WESTMINSTER (MO.) 8-3 12-6
WEBSTER 8-4 11-8
BLACKBURN 7-5 10-9
EUREKA 6-5 12-6
PRINCIPIA 5-6 6-10
MACMURRAY 3-9 3-15
SPALDING 2-10 3-17
FONTBONNE 2-10 2-17

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