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Wesleyan men top Johnson & Wales for third win

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The Dakota Wesleyan University men’s basketball team took the finale of a three-game weekend set, knocking off Johnson & Wales University 92-65 Sunday at the Corn Palace in Mitchell.

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The win ends a two-game skid for the Tigers (3-2), which saw DWU get swept in the Fulton State Bank Classic Friday and Saturday at the Corn Palace. After falling to Bellevue University Friday, the Tigers lost to Benedictine University of Springfield 66-58 on Saturday.

“You hate to say something is a must win ever, but losing three in a row at home would have been really tough on our guys,” first-year DWU coach Matt Wilber said.

With the score tied at 21 with 12 minutes into the game, DWU went on a 23-6 run to take a 17 point lead into halftime.

The Wildcats would fail to cut the deficit to single digits in the second half as DWU pulled away.

Jalen Voss played his best game of the young season, scoring 28 points on 10-of-13 shooting. The junior forward was 8-for-9 from the free throw line and pulled down eight rebounds in the win.

“When he is out there he has a chance to be really productive for us,” Wilber said, noting teams are going to key of getting Voss in foul trouble and he has to avoid taking “dumb” fouls.

Jade Miller finished with a double-double, scoring 23 points and grabbing 11 boards for the Tigers. The Mitchell native was also 6-for-8 on 3-pointers.

DWU got 14 points and four 3-pointers from Trae Bergh, while Mitchell native Tate Martin dished out 10 assists.

“Coming back from two losses was tough, but we knew we needed to bring the energy on defense,” Martin said. “I have great shooters around me, which makes my job easy.”

The Tigers shot 56 percent from the field and outrebounded the Wildcats 42 to 22. DWU made 11 of 21 3-pointers as a team and 21 of 26 free throws.

“They a have a handful of great players and they complement each other really well,” JWU coach Quintin Grogan.

The Wildcats (1-3) were led by J.P Mile with 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting. Demetris Love and Michael Mitchell each added 11 points for JWU.

The Tigers and Wildcats see each other again Saturday in Denver.

DWU plays in-state rival and 18th-ranked Dakota State University at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Corn Palace in Mitchell.

Johnson & Wales… 65

Dakota Wesleyan 92

DWU (3-2)

Jalen Voss 10-13 8-9 28; Luke Bamberg 3-9 0-0 6; Trae Bergh 5-10 0-0 14; Tate Martin 1-1 2-4 4; Stephen Lee 3-5 1-1 7; Jaylen Uthe 0-1 0-0 0; Sawyer Gibson 0-1 0-0 0; Jade Miller 6-10 5-6 23; Nate Widow 1-1 0-0 2; Eric Warkenthien 0-0 2-2 2; Jon Vorwald 0-0 0-0 0; Matt Henriksen 1-2 2-2 5; Jon Alford 0-0 1-2 1; Landon Fischbach 0-0 0-0 0.

JWU (1-3)

Demetris Love 4-9 1-2 11; Alex Frye 3-6 0-0 6; Michael Mitchell 4-13 2-2 11; J.P.Mile 7-11 2-2 19; Andrew Bonner 1-3 1-1 3; Donavyn Persley 1-2 0-1 2; Damon Bates 0-0 0-0 0; Antoine Kelly 0-0 0-0 0; David Eichler 3-7 0-0 9; Elvis C’ivic’ 0-0 0-0 0; Jamr White 1-5 0-2; Xzavier Tucker 0-1 2-2 2.

Halftime: DWU 44-27. 3-point field goals: DWU 11-21 (Miller 6, Bergh 4), JWU 6-18 (Eichler 3, Love 2). Rebounds: DWU 42 (Miller 11, Voss 7, Lee 6), JWU (Frye 5). Steals: DWU 5 (Voss 3), JWU 7 (Love 2, Mitchell 2, Mile 2). Assists: DWU 21 (Martin 10, Bergh 4), JWU 11 (Mile 6). Turnovers: DWU 14 (Voss 4, Miller 4), JWU 11 (Frye 3). Total fouls: DWU 19, JWU 20. Fouled out: JWU Love, Bonner.

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