GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Senior Brady Rose scored four of his game-high 34 points in the final 42 seconds Friday as Illinois Wesleyan held off Calvin, 68-62, at Van Noord Arena.
"That's a really nice win at a tough place to play," IWU coach Ron Rose said. "We can put all these experiences in our back pocket as a group as we continue to improve."
The 19th-ranked Titans led just 64-62 when Brady Rose curled around a Danny Baker screen and nailed a 14-foot jumper with 42 seconds left.
After Baker rebounded a Calvin miss, the younger Rose connected on two free throws at the 21-second mark for the final margin.
"I don't know if you can have enough grind-it-out wins in the early season to test your mettle and bring your team closer together," Coach Rose said. "After Alex (O'Neill) fouled out, we had four seniors on the floor. That's a huge advantage to have."
Brady Rose was 11 of 19 from the field and 5 of 7 from 3-point range as the Titans improved to 2-0.
"He's best when he's aggressive, and I thought for the most part he made really good decisions when to drive it, shoot it and pass it," said the IWU coach and Brady's father. "He was pretty efficient in what he did."
The Titans used a 15-2 surge to forge a 29-14 lead, but the Knights responded with a 16-4 run of their own capped by a Jason Walter 3-pointer 2:23 before halftime.
A Jason Gregoire 3-pointer with 1:05 showing helped IWU get to the halftime locker room with a 36-32 edge.
"We had them on the run. We defended and got out on the break," Ron Rose said. "Then we missed some shots that were pretty good shots when they came back."
Colin Bonnett added 10 points for Wesleyan. Charlie Bair sparked the Titans to a 39-35 rebounding edge with 10 boards. Baker had seven rebounds in just six minutes of action.
IWU shot 42 percent (25 or 59) from the field and 56 percent (9 of 16) from 3-point range.
Walter and Thad Shymanski led Calvin (1-1) with 15 points each.
IWU meets Alma at 2 p.m. (Central) on Saturday in Alma, Mich. The Scots dropped an 85-74 decision to Augustana on Friday.