Kyle Mangas moved into some pretty elite company Friday.
The former Warsaw star tied the single-season scoring record for the tradition-rich Indiana Wesleyan men’s basketball program.
Freshman guard Mangas netted 17 points to lead his No. 4 ranked team past No. 15 IU Southeast 85-72 in the Round of the 16 of the NAIA Division II National Championship in Sioux, Falls, South Dakota.
Mangas, the top scorer for the top-seeded Wildcats this season, now has 756 points. That ties him with Lane Mahurin for the single-season record. Mahurin set the mark during the 2016-17 season.
IWU, now 28-7, used a 14-2 first-half run to take control of the game Friday. The Wildcats led 47-39 at halftime and then used an 11-0 run in the final half to pull away.
Mangas, who has been oustanding all season long, was 6-12 from the field and 5-6 from the free throw line. He also had eight rebounds, five assists and two steals in 29 minutes.
Mangas was named the Crossroads Player of the Year last week, the first freshman in the outstanding conference to earn the honor.
Evan Maxwell, a transfer from Kansas, also had 17 points and eight rebounds for the Wildcats, who won their sixth straight game.
IU Southeast played without its top scorer Jamie Johnson. The sophomore guard, who averages 20 points-per-game, injured his back in a game on Thursday.
IWU advances to the quarterfinals Saturday. The Wildcats will play either No. 2 Morningside (Iowa) or No. 3 Warner Pacific (Oregon) at 7 p.m.
The IWU women’s team saw its season end with an 83-63 loss to No. 1 ranked Southeastern (Florida) in the Round of 16 in the NAIA Division II National Championship in Sioux Falls, Iowa Friday.
Southeastern, which improves to 31-0, never trailed. The top seed led 7-0 en route to a 48-21 halftime lead thanks to 67 percent shooting from the field.
IWU freshman Dayton Groninger had three points. The former WCHS star also had a rebound and an assist in 12 minutes.
Southeastern has won 29 of its 31 games this season by double digits.
IWU ends its season at 25-9.