For the first time since October 30, the IWU Wildcats lost a basketball game.
Against one of their biggest rivals in the Crossroads League, the Wildcats struggled to put the ball in the basket, as they were defeated by the University of Saint Francis, 85-71, last Tuesday evening.
The two teams met for the first time since the NAIA DII National Championship game on March 13, in which IWU came away with an 84-71 triumph to win their third national title in five seasons.
The loss snapped both an eight game win streak and an eight game win streak in the series against the Cougars, which began on March 15, 2016.
IWU finished with season lows in shooting percentage (43.9), three-point baskets made (four) and three-point field goal percentage (20.0). Their 27 points in the first half were also a season low. Furthermore, the Cougars shot 50.8 percent for the game, becoming the first team to shoot 50 percent or better against IWU this season.
Kyle Mangas led the Wildcats with 15 points, while Joel Okafor scored 12 in IWU’s loss.