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DWU men cruise to 76-45 victory over MMC: Photo Gallery included

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DWU men cruise to 76-45 victory over MMC: Photo Gallery included
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After having its five-game win streak snapped, the Dakota Wesleyan University men’s basketball team rebounded against Great Plains Athletic Conference foe Mount Marty College Wednesday.

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The Tigers (11-8, 4-5 GPAC) used stiff defense and strong outside shooting to top the Lancers (3-15, 1-9 GPAC) 76-45 at the Corn Palace in Mitchell.

“I didn’t feel like we played like ourselves the last time out,” first-year DWU coach Matt Wilber said. “I was happy to see a team that looked more like us tonight.”

Junior Kris Menning got DWU off to a quick start, hitting five first-half 3-pointers, including four in the first seven minutes of the game.

Jalen Voss imposed his will inside all night for the Tigers, finishing with 18 points and 16 rebounds for a double-double and forcing the Lancers to collapse down on him.

“It’s pretty easy to make shots with Jalen getting double teamed in there,” Menning said. “Coach just told us to spot up and get our feet ready for when he kicks it out.”

As a team, the Tigers made 11-of-31 shots from behind the three-point line. Menning finished with six 3-pointers en route to a game-high 24 points. The Corsica native seems to have fully recovered from a preseason hand injury that delayed his season debut.

“My thumb is 100 percent and in the last few weeks I haven’t thought about it at all,” Menning added.

Mitchell native Jade Miller chipped in 14 points for the Tigers, while Trae Bergh contributed seven points and five assists.

The Tigers outrebounded the Lancers 45-28 overall and 15-6 on the offensive boards. DWU shot 27-of-62 from the field and 11-of-14 from the free-throw line. The home team added 19 assists and nine steals.

“We are going to be able to tell what we are all about by the way we scrap and rebound on the defensive end,” Wilber said.

Mount Marty was led by Chris Richardson with 16 points on 6-of-16 shooting, while Alex Irvine chipped in the 10 points in the loss.

Down just 12 at halftime, the Lancers fell out of the game when DWU went on a 15-2 run midway through the second stanza.

“They made some shots and we missed everything,” Mount Marty coach Andrew Baker said. “This is a game where you learn as a team if you can take a good lick in the chops and come back next time and say I’m not going to be that bad again.”

The Lancers were 16-of-50 from the field and 11-of-14 from the free-throw line. Mount Marty made just 2-of-11 attempts from behind the arc.

The Tigers will look to reach .500 in conference play, while avenging an early season loss to Nebraska Wesleyan University at 4 p.m. Saturday in Lincoln, Neb. Mount Marty plays Midland University at 4 p.m. Saturday in Fremont, Neb.

Mount Marty 45

Dakota Wesleyan 76

DWU (11-8, 4-5 GPAC)

Jalen Voss 7-11 4-5 18; Luke Bamberg 2-6 0-0 4; Trae Bergh 2-7 1-2 7; Kris Menning 8-12 2-2 24; Tate Martin 1-4 1-2 3; Cole Morgan 1-2 0-0 3; Sawyer Gibson 0-1 0-0 0; Jade Miller 5-9 3-3 14; Kellam Karst 0-1 0-0 0; Eric Warkenthien 0-1 0-0 0; Jon Vorwald 0-1 0-0 0; Stephen Lee 0-4 0-0 0; Matt Henriksen 1-3 0-0 3; Totals 27-62 11-14 76.

MM (3-15, 1-9 GPAC)

Bud Smith 0-7 0-2 0; Chris Richardson 6-16 2-2 16; Tyler Payer 1-10 0-0 2; Nermin Krdzalic 0-0 2-2 2; Alex Irvine 4-9 2-3 10; Lorenzo Davis 2-2 1-1 5; Patrick Ciganovic 0-2 0-0 0; Zach Telles 0-0 2-2 2; Sam Forrer 0-0 0-0 0; Ben Hegge 3-4 2-2 8; Mitchel Newhouse 0-0 0-0 0; Totals 16-50 11-14 45.

Halftime: DWU 36-24. 3-point field goals: DWU 11-31 (Menning 6, Bergh 2), MM 2-11 (Richardson 2). Rebounds: DWU 45 (Voss 16, Bamberg 8), MM 28 (Irvine 8). Assists: DWU 19 (Bergh 5, Martin 5), MM 8. Steals: DWU 9 (Bamberg 3), MM 3 (Richardson 2). Turnovers: DWU 10, MM 12 (Smith 3, Payer 3). Personal fouls: DWU 16, MM 15. Technical fouls: none. Fouled out: none.