SIOUX CENTER, Iowa -- Ty Hoglund split a pair of game-tying free throws, but he more than made up for it on Wednesday.
The Dakota Wesleyan University men’s basketball senior hit a driving layup in traffic as time expired to propel the No. 6 Tigers to a 79-78 win over No. 25 Dordt College in their GPAC opener.
Hoglund, who finished with 22 points, helped cap off a late-game rally for the Tigers (3-0, 1-0 GPAC). Dordt’s Jesse Jansma stretched its lead to 76-71 with 2:45 left. DWU’s Tristan Teichmeier split two free throws and later converted an offensive putback to slice the deficit to 76-74 with 1:57 remaining. Tyson Smiley’s steal and layup evened it up at 76-76 with 1:23 left.
After Garrett Franken converted an offensive putback with 1 minute left, Hoglund was later fouled with 32 seconds left. He missed the first free-throw attempt, but hit the second to make it 78-77.
Dordt’s Chad Barkema missed the front end of bonus free throws with 15 seconds left. The Tigers called a timeout with 10 ticks to go and Hoglund later received the pass at the top of the key as the clock ticked down.
He drove left past his defender and banked a left-handed sweeping layup between two Dordt players as time expired.
Smiley added 21 points for the Tigers. Teichmeier added 16 points and 10 board. Collin Kramer finished with 11 points and six rebounds.
The GPAC opener was a seesaw battle, which neither team was able to pull away for a comfortable margin.
The Tigers were clinging to a 33-32 advantage with 5:47 remaining in the first half, but the Defenders went on a 13-0 spurt and took a 45-33 lead with 2:22 left. The Tigers used a much-needed 8-0 run to help get within 47-41 at halftime.
Kramer hit back-to-back 3-pointers to put DWU ahead 51-49 and after that neither team led by more than five points. Hoglund and Josh Van Lingen traded 3-pointers as Dordt took a 73-71 lead at the 4:34 mark.
DWU didn’t take another lead until Hoglund’s final shot at the buzzer.
The Tigers (3-0, 1-0 GPAC) host Midland on Saturday at the Corn Palace.