Mangas’ game-winner lifts IWU to victory over No. 18 Grace

Another game. Another incredible performance by Kyle Mangas. 

Playing against his hometown team last Tuesday evening, the IWU Wildcats’ junior superstar made another big shot in a career full of them, knocking down the game-winning three in the final seconds to defeat Grace College by a score of 87-85. 

IWU opened the game on a 9-0 run, grabbing the early lead, but a 13-6 surge for the home team knotted the game up at 15-15 with 14 minutes left to go in the opening half. Both teams went back-and-forth throughout the rest of the stanza, as the Lancers took a 45-44 lead into the halftime break.

The game remained tight throughout the second half, and in the waning seconds the Lancer clung to an 85-84 advantage. After Grace missed the second free throw of a one-and-one, Tanner Rubio, after collecting the rebound, pushed the ball to Mangas. After a perfect screen from Seth Maxwell, Mangas made no mistake, finding nothing but twine to give IWU their 18th win of the season and their ninth victory in a row. 

Mangas finished the game with 35 points, marking the 16th time that he has scored 30 or more points in his IWU career. Maxwell collected a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Noah Smith added 11 points in the Wildcats’ victory.

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