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Big 3 lifts DWU past Doane

Dakota Wesleyan's Jason Spicer (40) goes to the basket past Doane's Riley Nedved (41) during a Great Plains Athletic Conference game on Saturday at the Corn Palace. (Matt Gade / Republic)

Dakota Wesleyan University's Big 3 powered it to an 89-76 men's basketball win over Doane University on Saturday at the Corn Palace.

Jason Spicer, Trae Vandeberg and Ty Hoglund combined for 71 points to carry DWU past Doane in the Great Plains Athletic Conference basketball game. Spicer tossed in 27 points, dished out eight assists and grabbed six rebounds. Hoglund and Vandeberg both scored 22 points.

"We will take that any day of the week, if those guys get those numbers," DWU coach Matt Wilber said.

DWU (8-4, 2-2 GPAC) needed them as Doane scrap its way back into the game late. Doane threw a full court press at DWU, which struggled with breaking it at times.

"We just have to learn from it," Vandeberg said. "That is something we have to get better at because a couple of teams have done that to us and we struggled to get through it, but we will work on that."

Doane got as close as 74-67 with six minutes left, but DWU took back momentum with a 7-0 run and that was enough to secure the win.

"I am proud of our guys for making enough plays against it (the full court press) and then getting stops down the stretch," Wilber said. "I thought we did a really good job defensively."

Doane two-headed offensive attack of Anthony Laravie and Nick Kornieck both scored 17 points in the loss. Kornieck, a transfer from Division I University of South Carolina Upstate, scored 12 points in the second half.

"We made it hard on him," Wilber said. "He made some shots and I thought we did a pretty good job on him for the most part."

But DWU's Big 3 was too much for Doane. Vandeberg finished 8-for-14 from the field, including 3-for-8 from the 3-point line.

"It's just nice having those guys on the court because they get you open shots," Vandeberg said. "The way Ty moves, the way spice moves, that helps me a lot and I am looking for them."

Spicer finished 12-for-20 from the floor and Hoglund went 7-for-14 from the field.

DWU received nice contributions from its role players, as well. Wilber was especially complimentary of Collin Kramer, who started his fifth straight game at power forward. Kramer finished with three points, five rebounds and two steals in 33 minutes.

"I just really think Collin has inserted himself for us at that four-man spot and I am proud of him because he's playing like the guy I thought he was capable of playing," Wilber said. "And he's got a bigger ceiling than what we've seen too, I think."

Tyson Smiley added seven points, four rebounds and three assists in 21 minutes off the bench.

DWU plays at rival Mount Marty College at 8 p.m. on Wednesday in Yankton.

"It's a big game on our schedule and we will look forward to going down there and competing and know that we've got a very good college basketball team in front of us," Wilber said.

Dakota Wesleyan University 89, Doane University 76

Doane (4-6, 1-4 GPAC): Anthony Laravie 5-12 5-6 17, Zach Witters 3-11 2-2 9, Rylee Zimmerman 4-8 2-2 11, Nick Kornieck 7-8 2-6 17, Trace Tupper 2-4 0-0 4, Quin Conner 0-1 0-0 0, Chase Stone 1-1 0-2 3, Jaxon Harre 0-0 0-0 0, Riley Nedved 6-6 3-6 15. Totals 28-51 14-24 76.

Dakota Wesleyan (8-4, 2-2 GPAC): Trae Vandeberg 8-14 3-4 22, Nygel Drury 1-2 0-2 3, Collin Kramer 1-5 1-2 3, Ty Hoglund 7-14 6-6 22, Jason Spicer 12-20 2-4 27, Tyson Smiley 3-5 0-0 7, Aaron Ahmadu 0-0 0-0 0, Samuel McCloud 1-1 0-0 3, Kellen Barden 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 34-64 12-18 89.

Halftime: DWU 40-35. 3-point field goals: DU 6-14 (Laravie 2-5, Witters 1-4, Zimmerman 1-2, Kornieck 1-2, Stone 1-1); DWU 9-25 (Vandeberg 3-8, Drury 1-2, Kramer 0-3, Hoglund 2-6, Spicer 1-2, Smiley 1-3, McCloud 1-1). Rebounds: DU 19 (Nedved 6); DWU 29 (Spicer 6). Steals: DU 6 (Laravie 5); DWU 6 (Kramer 2). Assists: DU 11 (Laravie 6); DWU 22 (Spicer 8). Blocked shots: DU 1 (Kornieck 1); DWU 5 (Vandeberg 1, Drury 1, Hoglund 1, Spicer 1, Smiley 1). Turnovers: DU 10; DWU 11. Total fouls: DU 21; DWU 14. A: 2,886.