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WHEATON — Jordan Nelson scored 20 points, including a go-ahead 3-pointer with just over two minutes remaining, as Illinois Wesleyan’s basketball team rallied Wednesday night to defeat Wheaton, 77-68, at King Arena.

Nelson’s 3-pointer with 2:02 left snapped a 64-all tie. He then assisted on a layup by Trevor Seibring and the Titans went on to improve to 9-4 overall and 1-1 in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin.

IWU trailed by as many as nine points in the first half and was down 62-47 with seven minutes to go.

Nelson was 4 of 7 from 3-point range to lead the Titans to an 11-of-20 performance from beyond the arc. Pat Sodemann and Ryan Coyle added 10 points each for IWU, while Bryce Dolan and Mike Marietti had nine apiece.

Dylan Overstreet had eight rebounds and Coyle seven for the Titans. Overstreet also had four assists and four steals to go with his four points.

“It was a real nice win for our group,” IWU coach Ron Rose said. “I think it was especially good given that we had to grind it out. We had to persevere through some frustration when we weren’t playing very well.

“There was distinct difference in our approach in the first half and the second half. The first half we just were not as active and not as together as we needed to be. The second half, I thought our guys really pulled together and played as a unit. They competed with a common purpose.”

Brayden Teuscher scored 24 points and Michael Berg 16 for Wheaton (7-6, 0-2).

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