SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - An unforgettable season for the Indiana University East men's
basketball team came to a close with a 75-72 loss against Indiana Wesleyan
University on March 12 in the NAIA Division II Men's Basketball National
Championship semifinals.
IU East, which entered the Fab Four on a 28-game winning streak and ranked No. 1 in
the nation, closes with a 34-3 record. Indiana Wesleyan, the No. 4 team in the
national rankings and also a No. 1 seed at the national tournament, advances with a
record of 30-7.

* The back-and-forth game featured eight ties and 10 lead changes. Indiana
Wesleyan's Kyle Mangas scored the game's key basket with a hoop in the lane with
1:23 remaining to put the Wildcats ahead to stay at 71-69.
* IU East came up empty on its next two offensive possessions, and Indiana Wesleyan
made two free throws to go ahead 73-69.
* Bishop Smith kept the Red Wolves in the game with a 3-pointer to make it 73-72
with eight seconds remaining.
* Two more Indiana Wesleyan free throws made it 75-72. A last-second IU East
3-pointer came up short at the buzzer.
* IU East had climbed out of a 23-9 deficit early in the first half to take the lead
late in the first half, setting the stage for a back-and-forth final 20 minutes.
* Neither team led by more than five in the second half.
* This is the second time Indiana Wesleyan has eliminated IU East from the national
tournament in a three-point game with a Red Wolves having a shot to tie it at the
buzzer. The IU East-Indiana Wesleyan game at the 2011 national tournament ended in
similar fashion.

* IU East will finish the 2017-18 season with the most wins in the NAIA Division II.
* IU East had a 22-14 advantage in points off of turnovers and shot 50 percent from
3-point range (10 of 20).
* Lucas Huffman scored a team-high 16 points for IU East, including several key
3-pointers. Jaylen McKay finished with 13 points and a team-high six assists. Bishop
Smith had 11 points and Jacoby Claypool 10.
* Indiana Wesleyan finished with a 52-34 advantage in points in a paint and a 38-28
rebounding advantage.
* Kyle Mangas, who recently broke Indiana Wesleyan's program record for points in a
season, led the Wildcats with 20 points. Joel Okafor made every shot he took (six
field goals, six free throws) and scored a career-high 18 points.
* IU East's four-year seniors - Brad Hunt, Jacoby Claypool and Lucas Huffman - led
the Red Wolves to 110 wins, four conference division titles, four national
tournament appearances, three conference tournament championships, three appearances
in the national quarterfinals and two trips to the Fab Four in their four seasons.