FAYETTE — The Iowa Wesleyan men’s basketball team traveled north on Wednesday for a nonconference scrimmage game at Upper Iowa University. The Tigers played the Peacocks tough in the first half, but Upper Iowa pulled away in the second half to win 93-69.
In the first half, the Tigers went toe-to-toe with a Peacock team stacked with former Iowa high school stars. Upper Iowa shot out to a 4-0 lead, but a trifecta of Tiger three pointers, two from Alex Dentlinger and one from Kaleb Cresswell, allowed IW to take its first lead, at 9-7.
The Tigers led by four points with 14:11 showing on the clock when a Marvin Saintolien three-point play made it 14-10. Upper Iowa scored the nine points, however, and held onto the lead throughout the rest of the first half.
The Peacocks led by double digits in the last three minutes of the game, getting a three-point play out of former Dubuque Wahlert star Josh Carter to go up 48-35 with 2:17 remaining. Jett Tjaden came down and drew a foul on a three, however, and cut the lead back down to 10 points.
Saintolien scored eight points in the final 1:37 to slice the Upper Iowa lead to just four points. The Peacocks were ahead by five at the break, 51-46.
Upper Iowa dominated inside in the second half. The Peacocks went 20-29 on two-point attempts, winning the second half 42-23 and running away with a 24-point win. The Peacocks were led by former North Linn star Jake Hilmer, grandson of former WACO head caoch Bob Hilmer, who scored 18 points on 7-12 from the field.
Saintolien went 7-12 form the field and 4-7 from the three-point line to lead the Tigers with 20 points. Altogether, the IW bench scored 34 points, almost half the total output.
Jarryd Fernandes led the Tiger starters with 12 points and six rebounds. He went 6-8 from the field. Cresswell ended the night with nine points, all on three-pointers. He also led the team with five assists.
Dentlinger scored eights points on the night. Tjaden, Jake Neubauer, Alberto Torres, Austin Banks and Alex Flute each had three. Marvin Ramirez nad Robert Heise scored two points apiece, and David Seber had one.
The Tigers are still 2-2 overall, with Tuesday’s scrimmage not counting on their record. They’ll host Monmouth College in their next game, on Tuesday, Nov. 26.