BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – In the first round of the 2014 NCAA Division III men's basketball championship, Illinois Wesleyan University ousted Webster, 71-70, with two game-winning free throws from Dylan Overstreet with 9 seconds left on Friday, March 7, at the Shirk Center.
The Titans (24-4) will face St. Norbert tomorrow (Saturday) at 7 p.m. in Bloomington, Ill. The Green Knights (25-1) defeated Ohio Wesleyan, 87-79, in the first game of the night.
IWU controlled the first half, leading the Gorloks, 40-27, going into halftime. The Titans built up a big lead in the early part of the second half, as the Titans led by as much as 54-40 with 14:30 to play, but Webster responded with a 15-0 run to jump ahead, 55-54, with 9:42 on the clock, shifting the game's momentum.
In the final five minutes of the game, the Titans and Gorloks fought back-and-forth, coming to a head with nine seconds on the clock when Webster led 70-69. However, the Gorloks sent Overstreet to the charity stripe, where he sunk both free throws to secure the 71-70 victory. An offensive foul gave the ball back to IWU with 3 seconds left.
The Titans were outrebounded 35-31 in the game and committed 14 turnovers compared to 18 for the Gorloks.