Dakota Wesleyan men's basketball team loses to rival USF in two overtimesSIOUX FALLS – The Dakota Wesleyan men’s basketball team is going to remember this one for a while.
By: Luke Hagen, The Daily Republic
SIOUX FALLS – The Dakota Wesleyan men’s basketball team is going to remember this one for a while.
No. 15-ranked University of Sioux Falls defeated No. 22 Dakota Wesleyan 94-89 in double overtime in a Great Plains Athletic Conference marathon at the Stewart Center in Sioux Falls Wednesday.
“It’s tough to sallow because we were right there,” DWU coach Shane Murphy said. “You don’t just get past these games.”
DWU’s Chase Walder missed a 3-pointer with 10 seconds remaining in the second overtime that would have tied the game, and USF’s newly-adapted point guard David Maxwell — a Parkston native — knocked down two free throws to seal the game.
Maxwell, who took over point guard duties for Matt Malloy, finished with 21 points. USF was without Malloy for a second straight game. The senior point guard was suspended indefinitely Friday for a drunken driving arrest.
“Coach talked to us the day after everything happened that our roles were going to change,” Maxwell said. “I took some shots that I wouldn’t have taken a week or two ago.”
Maxwell hit a turnaround, fade-away jumper with one minute left in the second overtime to give the Cougars an 88-87 lead. After DWU turned the ball over on a traveling violation, Maxwell was fouled by Brady Wiebe while going to the basket. He knocked down both free throws and Wiebe — who had a game-high 31 points — was forced out of the game with his fifth foul.
On DWU’s next possession, Jordan Long took off from a step inside the free-throw line and dunked to get the Tigers within 90-89. Long was fouled on the play, but he missed the free throw and USF hit both of its free throws on its next possession. Fourteen seconds later, Walder missed what could have been another game-tying bucket.
“We just couldn’t quite get over the hump,” Murphy said. “They kept us on our heels and kept us chasing.”
Murphy, who coached the University of Sioux Falls for seven years until 2008, is now 0-2 against his old team. However, Murphy drew up a play at the end of regulation that nearly gave DWU its sixth straight win.
After USF hit a 3-pointer with seven seconds left to tie the game at 69, Wiebe received an inbound pass and sent a bounce pass to Larry Swann, who was headed straight to the basket. Swann’s open layup bounced off the front iron and sent the game to overtime.
“Sometimes, that’s basketball,” Murphy said.
In the first overtime, the teams exchanged buckets until Swann missed a 3-pointer and USF responded on its next possession to make it a four-point game. The Tigers got within three and Walder hit a 3-pointer with 13 seconds left in the extra period to tie the game at 80. USF had an open look at the first overtime buzzer, but the ball rattled off the glass and the rim.
“The lead changed I don’t even know how many times in overtime,” Maxwell said. “We’d make a shot, then they’d go down and make a shot. They were hitting shots and it was just back and fourth.”
Swann had 28 points for the Tigers, who were outrebounded 37-29 and allowed USF to hit 64 percent of its shots in the second half.
USF took a 35-28 lead early in the second half. But a 3-pointer by Swann, a jumper from Walder and two free throws from Swann tied the game at 35. Seven minutes later, Swann scored on a shot falling down in the lane to give the Tigers a 47-46 lead. DWU either had the lead or was tied for the remainder of regulation.
The first time DWU trailed after Swann’s lay-in was when Maxwell hit an 18-foot jumper with four minutes to play in the first overtime.
USF’s Ronnell Grant had 20 points and Kelly Hubbard had 20. Those two and Maxwell combined for 71 of the Cougars’ 94 points.
Walder had 14 points for DWU, which shot 47 percent from the field. The Tigers are 19-7 overall and 9-6 in the GPAC. USF is 17-6 overall and 10-3 in the GPAC.
“We have to figure out how to get better from this,” Murphy said.
No. 17 UNIVERSITY OF SIOUX FALLS 94, No. 22 DAKOTA WESLEYAN 89 (2OT)
DWU (19-7, 9-6 GPAC)
Justin Nelson 2-5 2-2 8, Chase Walder 6-12 0-0 14, Larry Swann 8-17 10-14 28, Brady Wiebe 8-13 15-17 31, Jordan Long 2-4 1-3 5, Kristopher Wilson 0-2 0-0 0, Bo LaCroix 0-0 0-0 0-0, Mark Mingo 0-0 0-0 0, Matt Dykstra 0-0 0-0 0, German Madueno 1-4 0-0 3, Jake Kneeland 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 27-58 28-37 89.
USF (17-6, 10-3)
De’Shawn Howard 2-3 1-4 5, Ronnell Grant 6-11 7-9 20, Kelly Hubbard 12-21 5-6 30, David Maxwell 6-10 9-10 21, Skyler Bloch 0-1 0-0 0, Derek Brown 2-3 0-0 5, Alex Robey 0-2 2-2 2, Jacob Sittig 1-2 0-0 3, James Rader 1-2 2-3 4, Bryan Whitesel 2-2 0-0 4, 4. Totals: 32-57 26-34 94.
DWU 25 69 80 89
USF 28 69 80 94
3-point goals: DWU 7-17 (Nelson 2, Walder 2, Swann 2, Madueno), USF 4-11 (Grant, Hubbard, Brown, Sittig). Rebounds: DWU 26 (Wiebe 7), USF 37 (Howard 9). Assists: DWU 7 (Swann 3), USF 9 (Whitesel 2). Turnovers: DWU 10, USF 13. Fouled out: Wiebe (DWU). Technical fouls: None.