CANTON, Mo. — The Iowa Wesleyan basketball team traveled south for their first game of the season on Saturday and they came back with their first win of the season. The Tigers moved to 1-0 on the season with a 67-64 win.
The two teams were tied 64-64 with one minute remaining, but Kaleb Cresswell put the Tigers in the lead for good with a couple of free throws. Cresswell sank a couple shots from the charity stripe with 59 seconds left to take a 66-64 lead.
After a failed offensive possession for Culver-Stockton, Alberto Torres sank a free throw to stretch the lead to 67-64. The Wildcats had two chances to tie it in the last 20 seconds, but to no avail.
IW held a 32-31 lead at halftime. The Tigers led by as much as seven points in the second half.
Torres led the squad with 16 points, 11 rebounds and four assists in the win. He also went 8-10 from the free throw line.
Jake Neubauer scored 12 points and pulled down five rebounds. Jarryd Fernandes, Kaleb Cresswell and David Seber each scored eight points.
Alex Dentlinger scored five points in the victory. Robert Heise ahd four, and Austin Banks and Marvin Saintolien each had three.
The Tigers will play their second game of the season on Tuesday, Nov. 12, at the University of Dubuque. IW won’t play a home game until their Nov. 26 matchup with Monmouth College.