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Wesleyan men upset Midland 83-80

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Wesleyan men upset Midland 83-80
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FREMONT, Neb. — Trae Bergh and Jalen Voss combined to score 49 points to help the Dakota Wesleyan University men’s basketball team complete an 83-80 upset victory over third-seeded Midland College in the first round of the Great Plains Athletic Conference tournament Wednesday.

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“What a great win for our guys. I am extremely proud of them,” first-year DWU men’s basketball coach Matt Wilber said. “We came out and we played well from start to finish. We handled the pressure they put on us and we played well enough to win.”

Voss tallied 24 points on 11-of-17 shooting and grabbed 11 rebounds for a double-double, while Bergh scored a team-high 25 points, 18 of which came from behind the three-point line.

Jade Miller added 11 points and five assists, while Tate Martin added eight points and four assists. Martin also hit the final free throw, which gave the Tigers a three-point lead with less than a second on the clock.

“It all started on defense tonight,” Voss said. “When we got stops, we started scoring and that is what coaches always tells us.”

Voss did most of the heavy lifting in the first half for the Tigers by scoring 20 of Wesleyan’s 45 points. Bergh picked up things in the second half by scoring 14 points. Bergh left the game with less than a minute in the contest after he was run into by a Midland player on a loose ball situation.

DWU, which held a 45-33 lead at halftime, was able to hold off the Warriors’ late-game charge, which was led by Ben Imig. Imig finished with 30 points on 11-of-21 shooting, while Midland, which swept DWU in the regular season, was 32-of-66 from the field.

“As a team, we are super excited,” Voss said. “I don’t think we have ever cheered as much after a game as we did tonight,” Voss said. “Moving on, we have two days of preparation and we have to play as well as we did today.”

The Tigers (18-13, 11-10 GPAC) shot 42.3 percent from behind the arc and finished 26-of-58 from the field and 20-of-27 from the free-throw line.

DWU advances to face second-seeded Morningside Saturday in Sioux Center, Iowa.

Dakota Wesleyan 83

Midland 80

DWU (18-13, 11-10 GPAC)

Jalen Voss 11-17 1-4 24; Luke Bamberg 1-7 5-6 7; Trae Bergh 7-13 6-11 25; Kris Menning 3-8 0-0 8; Tate Martin 1-2 5-6 8; Sawyer Gibson 0-0 0-0 0; Jade Miller 3-11 4-5 11; Stephen Lee 0-0 0-0 0; Totals: 26-58 20-27 83.

Midland (26-5, 16-5 GPAC)

Ben Imig 11-22 3-3 30; Marcus Franklin 2-4 1-4 5; Galen Gullie 4-11 1-1 10; Alex Starkel 6-8 1-6 13; Brandon Williams 4-8 2-2 3; DJ Vaughn 0-2 0-0 0; Montrel Billups 2-3 1-3 5; Avery Langford 2-3 0-0 5; Jalen Hueser 0-4 0-0 0; Jordon Flynn 0-0 0-0 0; Trevor Bryant 1-1 0-0 2; Totals: 32-66 9-19 80.

Halftime: DWU 45-33. 3-point goals: DWU 11-26 (Voss, Bergh 6, Menning 2, Martin, Miller), M 7-25 (Imig 5, Gullie, Langford); Rebounds: DWU 33 (Voss 11, Bamberg 9), M 36 (Williams 7); Assists: DWU 16 (Menning 5, Martin 4), M 18 (Franklin 5); Blocks: DWU 3, M 4 (Billups 2); Steals: DWU 5, M 4; Turnovers: DWU 11, M 9; Personal fouls: 14, M 23 (Gullie 5); Technical fouls: None.

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