Parkston natives Maxwell, Malloy lead the University of Sioux Falls men's basketball team past Dakota WesleyanDavid Maxwell wanted the ball in crunch time, and he got a chance to deliver.
By: Chris Aarhus, The Daily Republic
David Maxwell wanted the ball in crunch time, and he got a chance to deliver.
The Parkston native broke open a tie game with a pair of free throws with 28.9 seconds remaining, lifting the 24th-ranked University of Sioux Falls men’s basketball team to a 54-51 win over Dakota Wesleyan University in Great Plains Athletic Conference action Wednesday at the Corn Palace.
“In those situations, you’ve got to have confidence and knock them down,” said Maxwell, a 6-foot-5 sophomore. “This is big for us.”
Maxwell finished with eight points, but five of them came at the free-throw line for the Cougars (5-4 overall, 3-2 GPAC), who were ranked in the top 10 in the nation to start the season, but have since fallen.
“The season hasn’t gone the way we would have liked it,” Maxwell said. “Hopefully, this gets us going in the right direction.”
Though Maxwell provided the winning free throws, it was another Parkston native that led the team in scoring. Senior Matt Malloy finished with 13 points, six of which came consecutively in the second half to bring Sioux Falls back from a nine-point deficit.
The Tigers (8-4 overall, 2-3 GPAC) staked a 30-26 lead at halftime and a pair of German Madueno baskets made it 37-26 when Malloy went off, draining a 3-pointer from the left wing and converting on a 3-point play a minute later.
The Tigers held a 40-33 lead four minutes later, but struggled offensively the rest of the game. Sioux Falls tied the game on an Eric Tisby 3-pointer and took the lead with a monstrous drunk by Kelly Hubbard after he stole the ball at midcourt.
After allowing Sioux Falls to take a 49-44 lead, DWU responded with five straight points, capped by a layup off the glass from Kristopher Wilson with 1:15 to go. Tisby stole the ball on DWU’s next possession and turned it into two points with a layup, but Madueno answered with a long jumper from the right side to tie it at 51. Madueno had a team-high 13 points.
Maxwell followed with two free throws and Hubbard sank 1 of 2 from the charity stripe. Trailing by three, Jake Kneeland’s long 3-pointer from the left wing was no good, sealing the win for Sioux Falls.
Sioux Falls did arguably the best job any team has done on DWU All-American Brady Wiebe this season. He finished with 10 points, nine rebounds and five steals.
“They did a nice job by committee,” DWU coach Shane Murphy said of guarding Wiebe. “It was a very physical game.”
The game was a matchup of Sioux Falls against its former coach. Murphy coached the Cougars for seven years, winning two conference championships and being named GPAC coach of the year in 2006.
Though he spent a lot of time affiliated with Sioux Falls, Murphy said that’s not something he’s put much thought into.
“I’m past that,” Murphy said. “I wish the school the best of luck. They have great kids, and they were great to me.”
The Tigers are back in action at 7 p.m. today at Grace College in Omaha, Neb.
NOTE: DWU guard Chase Walder was honored before the game for scoring his 1,000th point against Mount Marty on Dec. 1.
USF (6-4): Matt Malloy 14, Eric Tisby 13, Kelly Hubbard 9, David Maxwell 8, Skyler Bloch 6, Ronnell Grant 4. Totals: 18-50 13-21 54.
DWU (8-4): German Madueno 13, Brady Wiebe 10, Larry Swann 9, Chase Walder 8, Demetrius Davis 6, Kristopher Wilson 5. Totals: 18-48 12-19 51.
Halftime score: DWU 30, USF 26. 3-pointers: USF 5-13 (Malloy 2, Tisby 2, Maxwell), DWU 3-17 (Walder 2, Madueno); Rebounds: USF 33 (Hubbard 11), DWU 39 (Wilson 10, Wiebe 9); Assists: USF 7 (Grant 2), DWU 7 (Madueno 2, Wilson 2); Blocks: USF 0, DWU 0; Steals: USF 8 (Tisby 3), DWU 7 (Wiebe 5); Total Fouls: USF 22, DWU 20; Turnovers: USF 17, DWU 18.