Abington Heights and JB Hoops alum Evan Maxwell scored 20 points Tuesday night and made the all-tournament team when Indiana Wesleyan University won the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Division II national championship with an 84-71 victory over Saint Francis of Indiana in Sioux City, S.D.
The NAIA national title was the third in five years for Indiana Wesleyan, but the first for Maxwell, who spent last season as redshirt at Kansas before transferring.
Maxwell, a 6-foot-10 junior forward, went 9-for-13 from the floor to finish second on the team in scoring behind tournament Most Valuable Player Kyle Mangas with 23. Maxwell also led the Wildcats in rebounds with eight and blocked shots with four.
Maxwell’s basket with 4:38 left Indiana Wesleyan a 66-61 lead and helped begin opening up a tight game.
Indiana Wesleyan reached the title game when it ended a 28-game winning streak by top-ranked Indiana University East with a 75-72 semifinal victory. Maxwell had 15 points and a game-high 12 rebounds to help get through a game that was described as “extremely physical” by Wildcats coach Greg Tonagel.
Maxwell started 26 of 33 games this season. He averaged 16.9 points and 6.6 rebounds while shooting 58.3 percent from the floor, 47.2 percent on 3-pointers and 62.5 percent from the line.