Indiana Wesleyan University had to play two games without leading scorer Kyle Mangas
Having two Maxwell brothers on the team made sure it was no problem for the defending NAIA Division II national champion Wildcats.
Evan and Seth Maxwell, JB Hoops AAU and Abington Heights High School graduates, led the way when Indiana Wesleyan won both games without Mangas.
The Wildcats are 13-3 and ranked fourth nationally.
Evan Maxwell, a 6-foot-10 senior forward who was prominent in last year’s national title run, scored a career-high 39 points in a 99-92 overtime win over Mt. Vernon Nazarene in the first game without Mangas. He made all six of his 3-point attempts in the game and also grabbed 13 rebounds.
“Evan Maxwell stepped up when we needed him,” coach Greg Tonagel said. “He put us on his back.”
Seth Maxwell, a 7-foot freshman center who spent last season on the Prep level at The Hill School in Pottstown, moved into the starting lineup for those two games.
In the second game without Mangas, the Maxwell brothers combined for 39 points and 16 rebounds during an 86-58 Crossroads League win over Goshen. Seth had his first college double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds while Evan scored a game-high 21 points.
“I thought today was Seth Maxwell’s best performance,” Tonagel said after the Goshen game Dec. 1. “What I liked most was the five offensive rebounds. It shows great effort and that is what we focus on, the effort.”
Seth Maxwell ranks ninth nationally in NAIA Division II with 26 blocked shots.
Evan Maxwell leads the team with 6.6 rebounds per game and is averaging 15.6 points. He is shooting 58.9 percent from the floor, 51.6 percent (16-for-31) on 3-pointers and 64.4 percent from the line.
Seth Maxwell is averaging 8.3 points and 4.4 rebounds to go along with his 1.6 blocked shots. He is shooting 59.1 percent from the floor, 50 percent (9-for-18) on 3-pointers and 79.2 percent from the line.
Indiana Wesleyan returns to action Friday against 13th-ranked Indiana Tech. It headed to the break with a 94-75 win over 21st-ranked Warner (Fla.) Dec. 15.
Evan Maxwell also had a 33-point game in which he shot 13-for-16 against Cornerstone, Mich.
Seth Maxwell had his own perfect night from 3-point range. He made all four long-distance attempts and shot 8-for-10 while scoring his season-high of 21 against Cincinnati Christian.