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DWU men fall to Johnson & Wales 56-54

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DENVER — The Dakota Wesleyan University men’s basketball team fell to Johnson & Wales University 56-54 Saturday in Denver.

The Tigers’ (5-3) Luke Bamberg missed a free throw with 12 seconds remaining and JWU’s (2-4) Demetris Love hit the game winning jumper with 3 seconds to go.

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The meeting was the second between the two schools in less than a week. DWU won the prior game on Nov. 10 92-65 at the Corn Palace in Mitchell.

The Tigers took control of the game early and led JWU by 10 at the half, but missed opportunities late allowed the Wildcats to come back for the win.

Bamberg led the Tigers in scoring with 12 points on 6-of-12 shooting. The junior forward added six rebounds and three assists.

Mitchell native Tate Martin added 11 points for DWU, while dishing out four assists and coming up with two steals.

Jalen Voss and Mitchell native Jade Miller each added nine points for the Tigers.

JWU’s Love scored a game-high 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting, while J.P Mile added 16 points in the win.

The Wildcats out rebounded the Tigers 34 to 32. DWU hit 6 of 18 3-pointers and finished 10 of 16 from the free-throw line.

DWU will look to take advantage of a full week of practice before attempting to get back on track when they open Great Plains Athletic Conference play against Nebraska Wesleyan University at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls.

Dakota Wesleyan …… 54

Johnson & Wales …… 56

DWU (5-3)

Luke Bamberg 6-12 0-1 12; Stephen Lee 1-5 0-0 2; Jalen Voss 4-4 1-1 9; Trae Bergh 2-5 1-2 7; Tate Martin 3-9 3-4 11; Sawyer Gibson 1-2 0-0 2; Jade Miller 2-9 3-4 9; Matt Henriksen 0-1 2-4 2.

JWU (2-4)

Alex Frye 0-3 0-0 0; Andrew Bonner 3-5 0-0 6; Demetris Love 7-11 2-3 19; Michael Mitchell 1-6 0-0 3; J.P Mile 6-16 3-3 16; Damon Bates 0-2 0-0 0; Antione Kelly 0-0 0-0 0; David Eichler 2-3 0-0 6; Vince Nguyen 0-0 0-0 0; Jamar White 1-7 0-0 2; Xzavier Tucker 2-2 0-0 4.

Halftime: DWU 34-24. 3-point field goals: DWU 6-18 (Bergh 2, Martin 2, Miller 2), JWU 7-16 (Love 3). Rebounds: DWU 32 (Bamberg 6, Voss 6, Lee 5), JWU 34 (White 8, Bonner 5). Steals: DWU 6 (Bergh 2, Martin 2), JWU 5 (Bonner 2). Assists: DWU 12 (Martin 4, Bamberg 3), JWU 10 (Mile 4). Turnovers: DWU 14 (Voss 5, Miller 3), JWU 15 (Love 4). Total Fouls: DWU 12, JWU 19.

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