Bloomington, Ill. Dec. 5, 2015 – The No. 14-ranked Washington University in St. Louis men's basketball team shot a season-low 36.5 percent from the field as the Bears suffered their first loss of the season in a 67-57 defeat at Illinois Wesleyan University Saturday night at the Shirk Center in Bloomington, Ill.
Illinois Wesleyan improved its overall record to 4-2, while WashU dropped to 5-1. The Titans shot 51.2 percent from the field and hit 11 three-pointers in the win.
WashU led 6-3 in the early moments of game, but IWU responded with nine-straight points to take a 12-6 lead with 13:18 to play.
Sophomore guard Jake Knupp canned a three-pointer to end the drought, but that would be the last bucket for the Bears for the next 4:48. A dunk by Mike Marietti gave the Titans their largest lead of the first half at 21-9.
The Bears ended the half on a 12-0 run as the two teams went to the locker room tied at 21-21. Illinois Wesleyan did not score in the final 8:03 of the half. WashU shot 34.8 percent (8-for-23) from the field and had 13 turnovers.
The teams traded baskets to open the second half, but WashU went without a bucket for over five minutes as IWU took a 36-30 lead. Knupp scored back-to-back buckets and freshman center Marcus Meyer added lay-up to get within three (39-36) and forced an Illinois Wesleyan timeout.
Bryan Dolan and Brady Rose canned back-to-back triples to get the lead back to nine (45-36) and forced WashU into a timeout. Joel Pennington followed with back-to-back threes and Rose added a triple to put the game out of reach at 54-39 with less than five minutes to play.
Rose (15 points), Pennington (14) and Dolan (11) scored in double figures for Illinois Wesleyan, who committed 26 turnovers in the win. The Titans shot 68.2 percent (15-of-22) from the field in the second half.
WashU plays two games next week at home against Webster University (2-3) on Wednesday, Dec. 9, and No. 1 Augustana College (3-0) on Saturday, Dec. 12. Both games will tip-off at 8 p.m., and will be broadcast live on the Bear Sports Network.
BEAR NOTEBOOK: Illinois Wesleyan leads the all-time series with WashU 21-16 … The Titans entered the game ranked 10th in Division III in scoring offense (98.2 ppg).