DWU men fall to Peru State in overtime thriller
Dakota Wesleyan University erased a seven-point deficit to somehow force overtime against Peru State, but the Tigers couldn't recapture the magic in the extra session on Saturday.
After trailing 94-87 with 46 seconds left, DWU went on a 7-0 burst in the closing seconds to stun Peru State and send the game into overtime. However, the Tigers ultimately fell to the Bobcats 112-110 in an overtime thriller to cap Saturday's slate of Hoop City Classic games.
"It was an unbelievable game," DWU coach Matt Wilber said. "Both teams made a ton of plays. Those guys were really good. They played with a ton of energy. They made a lot shots and made a lot of plays."
Both teams did as DWU forced overtime after a frantic sequence to end regulation. After Nick Harden hit a 3-pointer to make it 94-90 with 35 seconds left, the Tigers forced back-to-back turnovers that were converted into layups by Harden and Ty Hoglund.
The Bobcats raced the ball up the court and Terry Moore, Jr.'s jumper missed with two seconds left. Hoglund's 3/4 court heave would not have counted, but it just clanged off the front iron and the Tigers somehow forced overtime after trailing 94-87 with 46 seconds left.
"I am not going to lie to you—the talk there before OT—they did look a little bit shook," Peru State coach Bob Ludwig said about the mood in the huddle.
Peru State, however, never trailed in the extra period. The Bobcats built a cushion and converted at the foul line down the stretch, going 5-for-5 in overtime.
"It was real big because they were hitting some tough shots," Moore, Jr. said converting at the foul line. "The free-throw line paid off."
The Tigers still had one last chance late to win or force double overtime. Hoglund, who poured in 43 points, fouled out with 26 seconds left. Peru State made two free throws for a 110-105 advantage, but Harden swished a 3-pointer to cut it to two points with 22 seconds left.
The Tigers forced another turnover and Harden was fouled attacking the basket. He hit both to knot it up at 110-110 with 11 ticks left.
Peru State's Brandon Jones then hit the go-ahead basket as time inadvertently expired, but 2.3 seconds were put back on the clock. Out of timeouts, Harden sprinted down the court and failed to get a shot off in time.
"Nick got it and time just ran out on him," Wilber said. "It's just how it went."
Lexon Hexom powered the Bobcats with 31 points and 10 boards. Moore, Jr. added 26 points and hit all seven free-throw attempts. Jones scored 24 points.
Hoglund finished two points shy of his career-high of 45 points. He went 15 of 24 from the field and hit five 3-pointers. Harden netted a career-high 35 points and recorded five steals.
Hoglund had 24 points at halftime as the Tigers led 45-40.
The Bobcats pulled ahead early in the second half as they made defending Hoglund and controlling the glass their priorities.
"We might have bothered Hoglund a little bit," Ludwig said. "We tried to face guard him, but let's be honest, he had 43 points. We were able to play well defensively for just long enough."
The Tigers had one more rebound (17-16) than the Bobcats at the break, but Peru State finished with 44 boards after the game. DWU had 33.
"They were aggressive," Wilber said. "They finished at the rim. They got some rebounds. We had a hard time with that and it was just tough."
Hexom's 3-pointer extended Peru State's biggest lead to 71-58 with 10:10 left. The margin stayed at double digits until DWU got within eight under two minutes remaining. The Tigers later forced overtime with their two straight steals, but couldn't pull it out in overtime.
"We have guys that are capable of making a ton of plays," Wilber said. "We have got some dynamic players and unfortunately we just came up short."
The Tigers play Saint Mary (Kan.) at 4 p.m. on Sunday. Peru State plays Dakota State at 2 p.m. prior to the contest.
Peru State 112, Dakota Wesleyan 110 (OT)
Peru State (9-3): Nicholas Wurm 1-6 4-6 7, Brandon Jones 11-22 2-4 24, KeShawn Wilson 1-6 3-3 5, Terry Moore, Jr. 9-18 7-7 26, Lyle Hexom 11-17 2-2 31, Jamil Maddred 3-4 1-1 7, Deonte McReynolds 0-2 2-2 2, Tyrone Carey Jr. 3-7 3-3 10, Isaac Simpson 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 39-83 24-28 112.
Dakota Wesleyan (11-4): Nick Harden 12-25 7-8 35, Collin Kramer 0-3 2-2 2, Aaron Ahmadu 2-5 5-9 10, Sam McCloud 5-11 2-2 14, Ty Hoglund 15-24 8-9 43, Koln Oppold 1-4 0-0 2, Tristan Teichmeier 2-3 0-0 4, Cooper Williams 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 37-75 24-30 110.
Halftime: DWU 45-40. Regulation: 94-94. 3-point field goals: Peru State 10-20 (Wurm 1-5, Jones 0-1, Wilson 0-1, Moore Jr. 1-2, Lexom 7-8, Maddred 0-1, Carey Jr 1-1, Simpson 0-1); Dakota Wesleyan 12-30 (Harden 4-7, Kramer 0-2, Ahmadu 1-2, McCloud 2-8, Hoglund 5-9, Oppold 0-2). Rebounds: Peru State 44 (Hexom 10, Maddre 10); Dakota Wesleyan 33 (Teichmeier 9). Steals: Peru State 6 (Jones 3); Dakota Wesleyan 11 (Harden 5, Hoglund 5). Assists: Peru State 10 (Wilson 3); Dakota Wesleyan 17 (Kramer 5). Blocked shots: Peru State 5 (Hexom 4); Dakota Wesleyan 6 (McCloud 2, Teichmeier 2). Total fouls: Peru State 25; Dakota Wesleyan 22. Turnovers: Peru State 15; Dakota Wesleyan 11.