On Saturday afternoon, the IIAC-leading Nebraska Wesleyan Prairie Wolves came into Levick Area with the goal of spoiling Wartburg’s senior day. And spoil it they did, taking down the Knights 90-81.
For Wesleyan, it was raining threes in the first half. The Prairie Wolves dropped 48 points in the first twenty minutes of play, 27 of which came from downtown on a 50 percent three-point clip.
The Knights outscored the P-Wolves by 8 in the second half, but it was too little too late. They mounted a comeback midway through the second half, but they
For Wartburg, the junior class shined on senior day. Point guard Cam Kickbush set a new career-high with 22 points, 18 of which came from downtown. Of Jaran Sabus’s 17 points, ten from the field and seven from the free throw line. Josh Gehling also chimed in with 13 points and a 62 percent clip from the field.
Of the seven Wesleyan players that saw the floor, only two of them did not break the double-digit point threshold. Three of them scored at least 15 points, including a 26-point performance from sophomore point guard Nate Schimonitz, who had a near double-double with 9 rebounds to his credit as well.
With the loss, Wartburg drops to a tie for the fifth seed in the Iowa Conference with two games left in the regular season.
After losing two of their last three home games, the Knights will look to bounce back on Wednesday evening when they welcome the Coe Kohawks into town.
Wartburg will finish out their season on the road, taking on the Central Dutch in Pella. The stakes could be extra high, as the two teams are currently tied for the last spot in the conference tournament.
Tipoff for Wednesday night’s game is set for 8 p.m., and 4 p.m. on Saturday. Live coverage for Wednesday’s game will be broadcast on Knight Vision, and both games will be broadcast on KWAR, 89.9 FM.