IU EAST ATHLETICS RECAP FOR FEB. 8

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TRACK & FIELD
TIFFIN, Ohio – There was a lot of celebrate for the Indiana University East indoor track program at Tiffin University on Feb. 7.
At the top of the list was the first River States Conference Indoor Championship for the men’s team.
Next was the highest finish for the women’s squad as the Red Wolves were second.
Finally, the IU East list of national qualifiers grew for the NAIA Championhips in South Dakota on March 5-7.
“We’ve come a long way over the last two-and-half years,” said IU East coach Gus Schmader, who was selected as the RSC Men’s Coach of the Year. “This is the most events that we’ve won at a championship. We also got a few victories from people that we did not expect to win and a lot of people made the podium.”
Combined, IU East captured a dozen titles. The Red Wolves finished with 184 points for the men’s title, while two-time defending champ Point Park University was second with 111 and Midway University was in third with 110.
Point Park won the women’s event with 212 points as the Red Wolves had 117. Brescia University was third with 82.

MEN’S BASKETBALL
BERKLEY, W.Va. – The Indiana University East men’s basketball team’s road to the postseason hit a detour Feb. 8 at WVU Tech.
The Red Wolves fell 88-85 against the Golden Bears in a matchup of River States Conference East Division leaders.
With three games remaining for both teams, WVU Tech now controls its own destiny in the chase for the RSC East Division title and the national tournament bid that goes to the RSC team with the best record in league games.
NAIA Division II No. 28 IU East (17-10, 11-2) had a seven-game winning streak snapped. No. 37 WVU Tech (18-7, 12-1) extended its own winning streak to seven.
Bishop Smith scored 31 points for IU East.
Dominik King matched his season-high with 21 points to lead five players who scored in double digits for WVU Tech.
IU East’s next game is Feb. 15 at home against Ohio Christian University. Tipoff is at 3 p.m. on Lingle Court in the second game of a women’s-men’s doubleheader.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
BERKLEY, W.Va. – The Indiana University East women’s basketball team did its best to play spoiler Feb. 8 at WVU Tech’s Senior Day before falling by a 76-69 score.
WVU Tech clinched the River States Conference East Division title and an automatic bid to the NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball National Championship.
IU East is 8-19 overall and 6-7 in the RSC. WVU Tech (21-6, 13-0), which moved up to No. 25 in this week’s NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball Coaches Poll, won its 15th game in a row.
WVU Tech outscored IU East 24-4 at the free throw line.
Kamiylah Bomar matched her season-high with 24 points for IU East.
WVU Tech’s Kathylee Pinnock Branford scored 10 of her team-high 18 points in the fourth quarter, including the go-ahead free throws with five minutes remaining.
IU East’s next game is Feb. 15 at home against Ohio Christian University. Tipoff is at 1 p.m. on Lingle Court in the first game of a women’s-men’s doubleheader.

TENNIS
PARK FOREST, Ill. – The Indiana University East tennis teams opened the spring portions of their seasons Feb. 8 with competitive matches against Olivet Nazarene University.
Olivet Nazarene won both matchups by 5-2 scores. The matches were played indoors at Park Forest Tennis & Health Club.
Both IU East teams are 2-3 in duals for the 2019-20 school year.
The 24th-ranked Olivet Nazarene women are 2-2. The Tiger men are 3-2.
Both IU East teams face Grace College on Feb. 14. The matches will be played indoors at Pearson Automotive Tennis Club in Zionsville, Ind.