Tiger men beat Saints 85-53 to even record
By JACQUE SCOBY
ABERDEEN — If the first half was a stumbling block for Presentation College in the first meeting with Dakota Wesleyan University back in November, the second half of Wednesday’s rematch was the downfall for the Saints.
Jalen Voss scored all 10 of his second half points in the first six minutes of the stanza, while Trae Bergh tossed in 11 of his 20 points in the second half, pacing DWU to an 85-53 non-conference victory at the Strode Center in Aberdeen.
“I thought we came out in the second half and played well,” said first-year DWU head coach Matt Wilber. “That hasn’t been us. We’ve had some second half struggles.”
The Tigers (7-7) evened up their record, having just snapped a five-game skid with a win over Doane College Saturday.
That didn’t stop the Tigers from lighting up the scoreboard with an inside presence from Voss coupled with nine three-pointers as a team.
“The big key for us in that was getting Voss the ball and him being productive,” said Wilber. “The games we’ve had troubles in the second half, he’s been a non-factor. Today, he got the ball, he got in a rhythm and he made plays, and that just kind of settles everyone down.”
Presentation had its struggles early in the game. The Saints fell into a 31-12 deficit midway through the first half, but climbed their way back into the game after abandoning the three-point shot in favor of a penetration offense.
“I don’t know if we fell in love with the three because of Monday night or what, but we’re not a great shooting team, and we talked about it before the game — penetrate, finish strong,” said Saints’ head coach Jeremy Reigle. “Some of the threes we shot early on weren’t good shots.”
A couple of small runs late in the half cut into the Tigers’ lead, as the two teams headed into the break with DWU holding a 43-30 advantage.
However, the first eight minutes of the second half belonged almost entirely to Voss and Bergh, as the two combined for 19 points in a little over eight minutes to stretch the lead to 64-37. The Saints would not recover.
Presentation committed 23 turnovers and gave up 14 offensive rebounds in the contest. Dakota Wesleyan owned a 35-23 edge in total rebounds on the night.
Bergh had 20 points to lead all scorers, as Dakota Wesleyan put all five starters in double digits. Voss added 16, while Kris Menning and Jade Miller tossed in 15 apiece. Luke Bamberg had 12.
Mitchell native Tate Martin did not play in the game after sustaining an injury in practice on Tuesday. According to the Wilber, Martin sprained his ankle and is currently in a walking boot. His return time is day-to-day, and he may miss the Tigers’ next game on Friday. Martin had started at point point guard for the Tigers until Wednesday and is averaging 8.9 points per game.
PC was led by Nick Gillett’s 10 points. Anthony Hendricks and Jevaughn Threatt-Ray added eight apiece.
DWU return to Great Plains Athletic Conference play against Concordia University (Neb.) at 8 p.m. Friday in Seward, Neb.
Jalen Voss 6 4-5 16, Luke Bamberg 6 0-0 12, Trae Bergh 8 0-0 20, Kris Menning 5 2-2 15, Jade Miller 5 3-4 15, Stephen Lee 1 1-1 3, Matt Henricksen 1 0-0 2, Cole Morgan 1 0-0 2. Totals 33 10-12 85.
Kenny Robinson 1 0-0 3, Anthony Hendricks 3 2-3 8, Terry Strong 1 0-0 3, Quincy Davis 1 0-0 2, Nick Gillett 5 0-0 10, Chaz Haymond 3 1-2 7, Jevaughn Threatt-Ray 3 2-3 8, Chevy Fischer 3 0-0 6, Vladimir Charlitte 0 1-2 1, Matt Bernard 1 0-0 2, Brendan Goetzinger 1 0-0 3. Totals 22 6-10 53.
Halftime: DWU 43-30. 3-point field goals: DWU 9-21 (Bergh 4-8, Menning 3-6); PC 3-16. Rebounds: DWU 35 (Bamberg 7); PC 23 (Hendricks 5, Gillett 5). Total fouls: DWU 13; PC 16. Fouled out: PC, Threatt-Ray. Assists: DWU 28 (Bergh 7, Bamberg 6, Menning 6); PC 13 (Haymond 5). Turnovers: DWU 15, PC 23. Steals: DWU 8; PC 4. Blocked shots: DWU 2, PC 1.