Smith’s triple-double carries IWU to rout of Huntington

Grant Smith made a little history on Saturday afternoon.

The Connersville native became the first Wildcat in 15 years to record a triple-double, coming away with 10 points, 13 rebounds, and 10 assists, as IWU notched their largest conference win in four years with a 105-69 triumph over the Huntington Foresters.

The Wildcats’ 36-point victory was their largest since January 6, 2015, when the Wildcats defeated the Foresters 92-53.

IWU never trailed on Saturday, building a 19-point lead midway through the first half. The Wildcats led 59-34 at halftime and led by as many as 41 points in the second half. Furthermore, IWU dominated in the paint, outscoring the Foresters 48-24 while outrebounding them 47-26, the largest margin for the Wildcats this season.

“What a complete team effort today,” IWU Head Coach Greg Tonagel said. “Everybody was focused on making their teammates better. As a result, we played our best game of the year.”

As a team, the Wildcats shot 60.9 percent from the floor and 40.6 percent from beyond the arc, while holding the Foresters to a 39.3 percent clip.

Kyle Mangas led the Wildcats with 24 points, while Evan Maxwell chipped in 20. Zac Owens led the Foresters with 13, while former Golden Eagle Caleb Middlesworth scored 13 on four-of-nine shooting from the floor.

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