Even one of the nation's leading scorers knows it takes a team effort to knock off the No. 2 team in the nation.
The No. 18 Dakota Wesleyan University men's basketball team edged No. 2 Morningside College 86-82 in a Great Plains Athletic Conference men's basketball game on Wednesday at the Corn Palace.
DWU guard Ty Hoglund, who is the fifth leading scorer in the nation, pumped in 30 points and hit clutch shots late to bury the Mustangs. But Hoglund had plenty of help in handing Morningside College (14-1, 8-1) its first loss of the season.
"Not one guy can just beat that team," Hoglund said. "We had to have six-seven guys step up and that's what we did tonight."
The Tigers (13-4, 7-3 GPAC) used a second-half surge to put away the Mustangs, who entered the contest as the one of two undefeated teams in NAIA Division II.
"I thought it was a big-boy basketball game and I thought we had big performances all over the court," DWU coach Matt Wilber said. "That's a team basketball win and we were competing down the stretch."
DWU broke away from a 44-43 halftime advantage and built a 78-68 lead on a Hoglund 3-point play. The Mustangs took advantage of some missed shots by the Tigers and chopped the deficit to 80-76 with 1:30 left. Hoglund gave DWU some breathing room with a 3-pointer to make it 83-76 with 51 ticks left and it got the 2,531 fans at the Corn Palace rocking again.
"It's what I dreamt of as a kid, hitting a shot and the crowd goes crazy," Hoglund said. "Playing at the Corn Palace, there's nothing better. We have the best fans in the country. There's no doubt about that."
The Tigers converted at the free-throw line in the closing seconds to cap the victory.
Brody Egger scored 20 points for the Mustangs, while big man Tyler Borchers added 15 points and nine rebounds.
Nick Harden added 13 points and Aaron Ahmadu scored 12 points for the Tigers. Both teams battled foul trouble and the Tigers had a host of reserves make an impact.
"We had guys coming off the bench that were just constantly coming and contributing," DWU reserve post Tristan Teichmeier said. "This is the best overall game we played yet. It's just a great team win."
Teichmeier played 21 minutes as starter Sam McCloud was saddled with foul trouble and played 19 minutes, finishing with nine points. Teichmeier responded with 11 points (seven in the second half) and seven rebounds.
"I just was so encouraged and so happy for him because he's been dying to be productive for us and he's starting to be that way for us and good for him," Wilber said.
The 6-foot-6 Teichmeier drew the assignment of guarding the 6-foot-7 Borchers, who briefly left the game with a cut above his eye and returned with a bandage wrapped around his head.
"I have waited a long time to be able to play the game and I accepted it," Teichmeier said. "Wilber told me he's a big dude and he's big. I am not going to lie, but I was ready for it."
Mason Larson finished with four big rebounds and two steals. He hit just one of his four 3-point attempts, but it snapped a mini-Morningside run to stretch the lead back to 66-62 with 8:52 left.
"I know he missed a few shots, but he banged a big one and he's competing out there," Wilber said.
The action was back and forth in the opening minutes, with 10 lead changes in the first 6 1/2 minutes. The Mustangs pulled away and built an eight-point lead (24-16) with 10:48 left.
The Tigers weathered foul trouble and closed the first half with Teichmeier, Larson, Ahmadu, Cooper Williams and Collin Kramer. Ahmadu nailed a buzzer beater in the lane to make it 44-43 at halftime.
The teams traded shots in the early part of the second half before DWU pulled ahead.
"Everything about this was a team basketball win and that's who we are here," Wilber said. "We talk and preached about it. (It's) our culture and winning together and that's what these guys did."
The Tigers play at Dordt College on Wednesday, Jan. 9.
No. 18 Dakota Wesleyan 86, No. 2 Morningside 82
Dakota Wesleyan (13-4, 7-3): Ty Hoglund 10-17 5-6 30, Nick Harden 5-10 3-6 13, Aaron Ahmadu 5-9 1-2 12, Tristan Teichmeier 4-7 3-7 11, Samuel McCloud 3-6 0-0 9, Mason Larson 1-4 0-0 3, Koln Oppold 0-4 0-0 0, Cooper Williams 0-1 0-0 0. Team totals: 31-65 12-21 86.
Morningside (14-1, 8-1): Brody Egger 7-13 3-3 20, Tyler Borchers 7-13 1-3 15, Zach Imig 2-7 8-8 12, Alex Borchers 5-8 0-0 11, Matt Hahn 4-13 0-1 10, Pierce Almond 3-4 0-0 9, Trey Brown 2-3 0-0 4, Jeff Widhelm 0-1 1-2 1, Ben Hoskins 0-1 0-0 0, Andrew Semadeni 0-1 0-0 0, Trystan Cummins 0-1 0-0 0. Team totals: 30-65 13-17 82.
Halftime: DWU 44, M 43. 3-point field goals: DWU 12-34 (Hoglund 5-11, McCloud 3-6, Kramer 2-6, Ahmadu 1-3, Larson 1-4, Harden 0-2, Oppold 0-2); M 9-26 (Almond 3-4, Egger 3-9, Hahn 2-6, A. Borchers 1-3, Imig 0-2, T. Borchers 0-1, Hoskins 0-1). Rebounds: DWU 35 (Kramer 9, Teichmeier 7, McCloud 5, Ahmadu 5); M 38 (T. Borchers 9, Imig 8, Egger 5, Hahn 5). Assists: DWU 13 (Ahmadu 5, Harden 2, Kramer 2); M 10 (Imig 3, Hahn 3, A. Borchers 2). Blocked shots: 2 (Harden 1, Teichmeier 1); M 2 (Hahn 1, T. Borchers 1). Steals: DWU 4 (Larson 2, Teichmeier 1, Hoglund 1); M 7 (A. Borchers 3, T. Borchers 2). Turnovers: DWU 11; M 10. Total fouls: DWU 14; M 20. A: 2,531.