MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Illinois Wesleyan men's basketball team survived a wild Sunday afternoon on the road.
Faced with the frantic style of Rhodes on the Lynx's home court of Mallory Gymnasium, the Titans emerged with a 123-104 victory in the championship game of the Rhodes Thanksgiving Classic.
"I'm exhausted," IWU coach Ron Rose said. "I shook their coach's hand, and said 'how do you do this 25 times a year.' We put together a game plan in the hotel this morning, and for the most part executed it pretty well."
The Titans improved to 5-0 while dropping Rhodes to 3-2.
"They literally foul every possession knowing the referees aren't going to call a foul every possession," said Rose. "You have to be strong with the ball. We thought two or three easy passes would lead to a high percentage shot."
The Titans connected on just 8 of 27 from 3-point range but hit 32 of 50 (64 percent) inside the arc.
Wesleyan led 67-50 at halftime and did not let that cushion slip below 10 in the second half.
Brady Rose paced the Titans with 24 points, Colin Bonnett added 22 and Jaylen Beasley 17. Alex O'Neill and Danny Baker chipped in 12 each.
Baker's point total was a career high as was his team-high 10 rebounds.
"Danny just works so hard, and he's in the right spot," Coach Rose said. "He did a terrific job and stayed on the glass all night long. He was steadying force for us."
The Titans sank 35 of 45 free throws for 78 percent.
Rhodes was led by Anesu Nyawata with 17 points and Daniel Darst with 15.