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Tiger men take down Great Falls in 68-63 victory

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RAPID CITY -- Despite struggling to hit the mark from behind the three-point line, the Dakota Wesleyan men's basketball team eked out a 68-63 win over the University of Great Falls in the U.S. Bank Thanksgiving Classic Friday.

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"I thought we did a good job despite our shooting woes tonight," DWU head coach Shane Murphy said. "We did a good job of attacking the basket and getting buckets on the inside."

Jalen Voss, Aireus Stephenson and Carde Pennington each had 13 points.

The Tigers (3-3,0-1 GPAC) built a 15-point lead with 8:42 to go in the game, but a string of turnovers plagued the team and allowed UGF (6-3,0-0) to climb back within one point.

"We had a pretty good cushion when were up 12 points, and we just didn't finish them," Murphy said. "We are kind of our worst enemy going down to the ast five or six minutes of a game."

Of its six games this season, all excluding one have been within a 10-point margin of victory or defeat. The Tigers will face South Dakota School of Mines & Technology at 5 p.m. today in Rapid City.

DAKOTA WESLEYAN 68

GREAT FALLS 63

DWU (3-3, 0-1 GPAC)

Luke Bamberg 4-7 4-5 12, Jalen Voss 6-8 1-1 13, Mike Lee 0-6 4-4 4, Danny Maman 2-7 2-2 7, Aireus Stephenson 5-13 3-5 13, Carde Pennington 4-8 3-3 13, Kris Menning 0-0 0-0 0, Bo LaCroix 1-3 4-4 6 Jade Miller 0-3 0-0 0

UGF (6-3)

T.J. Harris 4-13 0-0 11, Miguel Bocachica 1-6 0-0 2, James Holmes 4-11 3-4 11, Naren Maynard 5-10 4-6 14, Marcel Towns 6-14 1-2 15, David Udadigbo 2-6 0-0 5, Maleek Singleton 0-0 0-0 0, Ryan Burtnyk 1-4 1-1 3, Chris Schlesser 1-1 0-0 2

Halftime: UGF 30-29. 3-point goals: DWU 3-16 (Pennington 2), UGF 6-21 (Harris 3). Rebounds DWU 41 (Voss 10), UGF 42 (Maynard 12). Turnovers: DWU 16, UGF 15. Steals: DWU 9 (Stephenson 4), UGF 5 (Towns 3). Total fouls: DWU 17, UGF 17. Technical fouls: none.

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