BLOOMINGTON — Zach Knobloch set an Illinois Wesleyan record for 3-pointers in a game Friday at Shirk Center and didn't lead the Titans in scoring.

In just his second game in an IWU uniform, Knobloch drilled 10 3-pointers to nicely complement a career-high scoring night for Brady Rose in the Titans' 94-75 victory over Alma.

Knobloch finished with 30 points on 10 of 15 shooting from beyond the arc, and Rose gunned in 35 points while adding six 3-pointers.

"It does feel crazy. It's surreal. I love it," said Knobloch, a sophomore transfer from Wisconsin-Whitewater. "It wasn't just me. Everyone was finding open shooters, and shots were just falling tonight."

The Titans set single-game team records with 20 3-pointers and 45 attempts while improving to 2-0.

"We don't get zoned very often because typically we have a lot of good shooters," said IWU coach Ron Rose. "I don't think we even shot it exceptionally well."

Rose's son surpassed his previous career high of 25 points with 27 in the opening half.

"I shot it better than I even expected," said Brady Rose, who was 2 of 12 from the field and scored seven points in Wesleyan's opener Wednesday. "I'm tough on myself. The first game I played pretty poorly all around. The goal was to give a better performance, and I think I did that."

The Titans actually missed their first seven shots against Alma'a 2-3 zone. The Scots last led at 20-18 before Brady Rose drilled back-to-back 3-pointers.

IWU enjoyed a 44-28 lead after a Knobloch trey and settled for a 44-34 margin entering halftime.

"Brady has really developed his overall game. He can put it on the floor and get to the basket," Coach Rose said. "The first half Brady got hot and our team showed its intelligence getting him the basketball.

"The second half Zach got hot and we showed again a high level of unselfishness and intelligence in getting him the basketball."

Alma pulled within 44-38 early in the second half before two Brady Rose buckets sandwiched a Colin Bonnett 3-pointer.

Consecutive Knobloch threes handed the Titans a 62-45 lead. He did it again two minutes later with two more from long range for a 68-48 IWU advantage.

"Zach can really shoot it. We all knew this," Brady Rose said. "That 2-3, if we could find the holes we would be able to flick it in. We have so many guys who can really shoot it."

Alma mustered one final run in its season opener. trimming the Wesleyan lead to 73-61 with 7:39 left. A Knobloch 3-pointer and a Miles Curry three-point play ended that.

Bonnett scored all nine of his points in the second half, while Jaylen Beasley handled a career-high 12 rebounds for the Titans.

IWU shot 45 percent from the field (32 of 71) and had 10 turnovers, five less than the Scots.

Ryan Stevens paced Alma with 19 points and Kevin Gamble chipped in 13.

IWU meets Calvin at 4 p.m. Saturday. Those with ticket stubs from the Titans' football playoff game earlier in the day will receive half off admission.

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