Hot-shooting Clarke University improved to 17-9 overall and 8-7 in Midwest Collegiate Conference play Wednesday with a 92-79 home win over Iowa Wesleyan College. Coach Jerry Drymon
's Crusaders shot 76 percent in the opening 20 minutes of the MCC rematch.
Clarke, which claimed a 71-58 win at Iowa Wesleyan on Jan. 11, hit 19-of-25 attempts from the field in the first half and outrebounded Coach Jess Settles' Tigers 16-6. The Crusaders led 52-33 at intermission and led by as many as 21 points in the final half.
led Clarke with 16 points, while Charles Nunn
and Mike Schindel
each tossed in 15 points. Nunn pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds for the Crusaders, who outrebounded the Tigers 37-25.
Clarke shot 55.6 percent for the night, including an 8-of-12 showing from beyond the three-point arc. Iowa Wesleyan shot just under 50 percent (49.2) for the contest and was 8-of-24 from three-point range.
Clarke was 24-of-28 (85.7 percent) from charity stripe, while Iowa Wesleyan hit 9-of-17 (52.9 percent) free throw attempts.
Shakka Eke and Kyle Warner each tallied 17 points for Iowa Wesleyan (11-11, 6-9).
Clarke will play the fourth of five straight home games on Saturday when the Crusaders host MCC rival William Penn University. Tip-off is set for 3 p.m.