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Dakota Wesleyan’s Kris Menning prepares to go up for a layup as he is defended by Morningside’s Steve O’Neill during a GPAC matchup Wednesday at the Corn Palace in Mitchell. (Aaron Saunders/Republic)

Mustangs outlast DWU men 92-84

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By OWEN REITZEL

The Daily Republic

Dakota Wesleyan’s men shot a frigid 29 percent from the floor in the first half and could not recover as the Tigers fell to Morningside 92-84 in a Great Plains Athletic Conference matchup Wednesday at the Corn Palace in Mitchell.

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DWU was cold from the start, scoring just four points in the first five minutes of the contest, as shot after shot rimmed out.

The Mustangs, who are receiving votes in the latest NAIA poll, took full advantage jumping out to a 15-4 lead.

After a DWU timeout the Tigers finally got hot. Three 3-point shots from Trae Bergh and two baskets from Jalen Voss within a three-minute span tied the game at 17.

But the cold shooting returned for the Tigers and Morningside went on a 9-0 run and led DWU 45-31 going into intermission.

“I thought the game was about the first half,” said Tiger coach Matt Wilber. “Morningside played great and they were really active. They were all over the place against us and we couldn’t get them blocked out or get a loose ball.”

DWU made a run to open the second half-scoring the first seven points to get to within 45-38.

Two free throws from Kris Menning pulled the Tigers to within 66-63 with 7:37 left in the contest. DWU had a chance to take the lead, but the Tigers missed the front end of two one-and-one opportunities which would have given them the lead.

Instead, Morningside went on an 8-0 run and took a 74-63 lead. The Mustangs went 12-of-12 from the field down the stretch to secure the win.

“I’m proud of our guys for fighting back,” said Wilber. “We just couldn’t get a key play when we needed one.”

Menning led DWU with 23 points followed by Bergh with 19 points and five assists. Voss finished with 18 points, five blocked shots and 10 rebounds, while Luke Bamburg chipped in with 11 points.

The Tigers (13-10, 6-7 GPAC) were 29-of-71 for 41 percent from the field and 12–of-18 for 67 percent from the free-throw line.

DWU committed six turnovers and blocked eight shots.

“In the first half we came out with a lot of energy and I knew we had to,” said Morningside coach Jim Sykes. “Every time they made a run we were able to answer.”

Danny Rudeen led the Mustangs with 20 points, followed by Steve O’Neill and Tanner Miller with 15 points each. Bryce Koch added 12 points and Ryan Tegtmeier scored 11 in the win.

Morningside (15-7, 9-3 GPAC) was 32-of-73 for 44 percent from the floor and 19-of-23 for 83 percent from the free-throw line.

The Mustangs out-rebounded the Tigers 53-38 and they turned the ball over nine times.

The Tigers play Doane College at 4 p.m. Saturday in Crete, Neb.

Morningside College 92

Dakota Wesleyan 84

MC (15-7, 9-3 GPAC)

Danny Rudeen 7-17 5-6 20; Steve O’Neill 4-9 6-6 15; Ryan Tegtmeier, 3-9 4-4 11; Tanner Miller 5-10 2-2 15; Kyle Nikkel 2-9 2-2 6; Blake Van Ginkel 0-2 0-0 0; Jake Nannen 1-1 0-0 0; Keithan Karn 1-1 0-0 3; Bryce Koch 6-11 0-1 12; Reuben Silva 0-0 0-2 0; Andrew Christen 4-5 0-0 10;

DWU (13-10, 6-7 GPAC)

Jalen Voss 6-20 4-4 18; Luke Bamberg 5-10 0-2 11; Trae Bergh 6-13 2-4 19; Kris Menning 7-15 4-6 23; Tate Martin 2-4 0-0 4; Jade Miller 3-9 2-2 9; Stephen Lee 0-0 0-0 0.

Halftime: 45-31 DWU; Rebounds: DWU 14-36 (Bergh 5, Menning 5, Voss 2, Bamberg, Miller), MC 9-17 (Rudeen, O’Neill, Tegtmeier, Miller 3, Christen 2, Karn); Assists: DWU 17 (Martin 8), MC 12 (O’Neill 3, Tegtmeier 3, Miller 3); Steals: DWU 5 (Bamberg 2, Menning 2), MC 1 (Nannen); Turnovers: DWU 6, MC 9; Team fouls: DWU 16, MC 15; Foul outs: None. Technical fouls: None.

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