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Gardner-Webb women end skid

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BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. – Gardner-Webb had three scorers in double-figures, as the Runnin’ Bulldogs snapped a three-game losing streak with a 68-55 win over the visiting Winthrop Eagles on Saturday afternoon inside Paul Porter Arena.

The Runnin’ Bulldogs improved to 15-9 overall and 5-7 in Big South Conference play, while the Eagles dropped to 2-21 overall and 1-11 in league action.

Alexus Hill led GWU with a game-high 21 points on a 9-of-14 shooting performance. The senior guard also led the team off the glass, pulling down eight rebounds. Tierra Huntsman and Ky’Asia Stanford each added 13 points on the day.

Winthrop was led offensively by Ronata Rogers, who scored 12 points on 5-of-11 shooting from the floor. Miquela Santoro added 11 points, also going 5-of-11 for the afternoon.

Gardner-Webb made 26 of its 54 attempts for the game, shooting at 48.1 percent, the team’s best shooting percentage since a 51.0 percent performance on January 6, part of a 69-53 win over Radford.

Winthrop made 42.6 percent of its baskets (23-of-54), including a 5-of-14 day from long distance.

Turnovers proved to be a key factor in today’s game, as Winthrop turned the ball over 19 times, compared to just nine turnovers for GWU. The Runnin’ Bulldogs capitalized on the Eagles misfortunes, scoring 23 points off of turnovers, while Winthrop had just 11 points in that category.

Gardner-Webb returns to action on today, hosting Longwood at 11 a.m. in an Education Day showdown in front of several local elementary and middle school students.

The game will be broadcast on the Big South Network (www.bigsouthsports.com).

Indiana East claims River States Conference title

BECKLEY, W.Va. — The Indiana University East men’s basketball team has clinched the top league record in the River States Conference, home-court advantage for the league tournament and a spot in the NAIA Division II National Championship after an 84-67 win at WVU Tech on Feb. 10.

NAIA Division II No. 2 IU East (26-2, 15-0) extended its program-best winning streak to 20 games.

No. 29 WVU Tech is 17-10 overall and 10-5 in the league.

Bishop Smith scored 15 points and Nate Niehoff added 14 as IU East had a 42-22 advantage in points off of the bench. Aaron Thomas added nine points and nine rebounds.

Connersville product Charles Peterson also finished with nine points, while adding three rebounds and one steal in 14 minutes of play.

“We came out with a lot of energy and really tried to focus on our communication,” IU East’s Nate Niehoff said. “We really wanted to pressure them and sit down and get stops and run, because that is when we are at our best. We were able to do that, and everything else took care of itself.”

IU East scored 10 unanswered points midway through the first half to take the lead for good at 29-24.

The Red Devils finished with a 37-31 rebounding advantage against a WVU Tech team that ranks in the national top 10 in four rebounding categories.

With the conference title, IU East qualified for the NAIA Division II National Championship for a fourth consecutive season and sixth time overall.

East concludes the regular season with a pair of home games this coming week.

The Red Wolves host Carlow University on Thursday in the makeup date for the matchup that was snowed out in January. IU East basketball will then host Senior Day on Saturday when Ohio Christian comes to town.

IWU completes sweep of third-ranked Saint Francis

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – No. 6 Indiana Wesleyan University men’s basketball completed a regular season sweep of No. 3 Saint Francis (Ind.) with an 86-82 win on Saturday in Fort Wayne. The victory vaults Indiana Wesleyan to the top spot in the Crossroads League standings, the Wildcats leading by a game with just two games left on the schedule.

Kyle Manges led a foursome of players in double figures, scoring 24 points, which included a perfect performance (12-of-12) from the free-throw line. Evan Maxwell (17 points), Jacob Johnson (16) and Canaan Coffey (15) added to the IWU total.

Grant Smith added seven points, two steals, two rebounds and an assist in 20 minutes of play.

The Cougars dominated down low with a 50-24 advantage in points in the paint and a 30-19 edge in rebounds. IWU’s 19 boards is seven less than the team’s previous season-low.

But the Wildcats countered from deep with 12-of-20 (60-percent) shooting from 3-point range.

Wesleyan improved to 22-6 over all and 13-3 in the conference with the win. Saint Francis falls to 22-6 and 12-4.

Indiana Wesleyan clinches a share of the regular season championship and the No. 1 seed in the Crossroads League Tournament win one win or one Saint Francis loss.

 

Indiana Wesleyan travels to play Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio) today in the final regular season road game of the season. Tip is scheduled for 7 p.m. in Mount Vernon, Ohio.

Manchester stymied by HCAC foe Hanover

HANOVER, IND. – Freshman guard Mikalia Taylor and junior guard Isabella Zoog each tallied eight points, leading Manchester University in a 62-34 loss to Hanover on Saturday.

Taylor added a blocked shot to her afternoon’s work at Collier Arena, and Zoog, who drained a pair of three-point buckets as part of her day’s efforts, also picked up a pair of steals.

MU (7-16 overall, 6-10 HCAC) dropped back into a fifth-place tie with Franklin College and Mt. St. Joseph University for fifth place on the loop standings with the loss to the Panthers.

The Black and Gold move into the final week of the 2017-18 regular season Wednesday, when coach Josh Dzurick’s squad travels to Bluffton University for a 7:30 p.m. tip-off.