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DWU men end losing skid with win over Concordia

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By Owen Reitzel

The Daily Republic

Using a strong second-half performance, the Dakota Wesleyan’s men’s basketball team broke a five-game losing streak,

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The Tigers (14-13, 7-10 GPAC) defeated Concordia 78-70 in Great Plains Athletic Conference action Saturday at the Corn Palace.

Leading 56-55 with 9:06 left in the second half the Tiger defense stiffened as DWU went on a 15-2 run over a six-minute stretch to build a 71-56 advantage.

The Tiger free-throw shooting, though not perfect at 7-12 down the stretch, was enough to hold off the Bulldogs.

“Our guys dug in and I have to credit our guys, “said DWU coach Matt Wilber of his team’s second-half defense. “Our guys battled and had some big efforts on the defensive end.”

Concordia got off to a fast start to open the contest-going up 11-4 early.

But behind three 3-point shots from Trae Bergh the Tigers battled back and took a 36-35 lead into intermission.

“We’ve been close in some games and it’s been hurting to lose and we knew that we needed to come out and get a win tonight,” said Bergh. “We played hard and my teammates were awesome and we got the win.”

Bergh had 21 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double.

“You can’t say enough about Trae Bergh,” said Wilber. “The kid is about six feet tall and weighs 110 pounds and he’s out there getting a double-double. But it doesn’t surprise me. He’s one of those guys that comes to practice every day with the same focus.”

Jalen Voss scored a game-high 22 points for DWU. Luke Bamberg followed with 12 points, 14 rebounds and five assists and Kris Menning added 10 points and five assists.

DWU was 26-of-55 for 47 percent from the field and 19-of-26 for 73 percent from the free-throw line.

The Tigers outrebounded the Bulldogs 36-31 and committed nine turnovers to 10 by Concordia, which had four players in double figures led by Robby Thomas with 16 points. Chandler Folkerts added 12 points and nine rebounds, while Adam Vogt and Micah Kohlwey with 10 points each in the loss.

The Bulldogs (7-19, 2-15) were 27-of-61 for 44 percent from the field and a perfect 10-of-10 for from the free-throw line.

DWU’s plays Northwestern College at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Corn Palace in Mitchell.

Concordia 70

Dakota Wesleyan 78

DWU (14-13, 7-10 GPAC)

Jalen Voss 8-16 6-8 22; Luke Bamberg 3-8 5-6 12; Trae Bergh 7-11 3-6 21; Kris Menning 3-11 4-4 10; Tate Martin 3-5 1-1 7; Sawyer Gibson 0-0 0-0 0; Jade Miller 1-2 0-0 3; Eric Warkenthien 0-0 0-0 0; Jon Vorwald 0-0 0-0 0; Stephen Lee 1-2 0-1 3; Matt Henriksen 0-0 0-0 0; Totals 26-55 19-26 78.

CU (7-19, 2-15 GPAC)

Adam Vogt 4-12 1-1 10; Robby Thomas 6-12 2-2 16; Joel Haywood 1-4 0-0 3; Micah Kohlwey 3-7 3-3 10; Chandler Folkerts 5-8 2-2 12; Eli Ziegler 0-0 0-0 0; Aaron Walker 3-4 0-0 7; Isaiah Bockelman 0-0 0-0 0; Deondre White 1-5 2-2 4; Matthew goedeken 0-0 0-0 0; Daniel Grundmeier 1-1 0-0 2; Justin Damme 3-8 0-0 6; Stephen Llewellyn 0-0 0-0 0; Totals 27-61 10-10 70.

Halftime: DWU 36-35. 3-points field goals: DWU 7-19 (Bergh 4), CU 6-17 (Thomas 2). Rebounds: DWU 36 (Bamberg 14, Bergh 10), CU 31 (Folkerts 9). Assists: DWU 14 Bambergy 5, Menning 5), CU 14 (Kohlwey 4). Steals: DWU 4, CU 4. Turnovers: DWU 9 (Voss 4), CU 10 (Kohlwey 3). Personal fouls: DWU 13, CU 21. Technical fouls: none. Fouled out: none.

 
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