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Bergh bails out Tigers to beat Mustangs

Dakota Wesleyan would have been in trouble on Wednesday if it wasn't for Trae Bergh. The senior point guard shot 10-of-17 from the floor--and 8-of-13 from beyond the 3-point arc--and scored 34 points to guide DWU to a 82-80 win over Morningside C...

Dakota Wesleyan's Tate Martin (11) tries a reverse layup at a college basketball game on Wednesday at the Corn Palace in Mitchell. (Garrick Hodge/Republic)
Dakota Wesleyan's Tate Martin (11) tries a reverse layup at a college basketball game on Wednesday at the Corn Palace in Mitchell. (Garrick Hodge/Republic)

Dakota Wesleyan would have been in trouble on Wednesday if it wasn't for Trae Bergh.

The senior point guard shot 10-of-17 from the floor-and 8-of-13 from beyond the 3-point arc-and scored 34 points to guide DWU to a 82-80 win over Morningside College (Iowa) at the Corn Palace in Mitchell.

"Trae was really big tonight," DWU head coach Matt Wilber said. "Offensively, he's the reason we won that game. Otherwise, Morningside outplayed us in every area. But Trae made every play for us down the stretch. We've been relying on him a lot and he got it done tonight."

Trailing by one point with 1:45 remaining, Bergh drained a three to give the Tigers a 78-76 lead.

"I'm just getting good looks and I'm knocking them down," Bergh said. "Every time I catch it, I feel like I can shoot it. When the passers found me, I felt like I could make every three tonight."

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But Morningside's Bryce Koch-who led the Mustangs with 20 points and 14 rebounds-made two free throws to tie the contest.

On the Tigers' next two possessions, Tate Martin was fouled and hit each of his free throws to close out the Mustangs and give DWU a 82-78 lead.

"In the GPAC, we'll take any win we can get," Bergh said. "From here on out, every game is a must-win for us. We have to play everyone in the GPAC one more time now, and we're looking forward to it."

DWU was 26-of-32 from the free throw line, while Morningside was 9-of-12. The Tigers were 23-of-68 from the floor, while the Mustangs were 32-of-66.

"Seeing the discrepancy here, I didn't know it was quite this bad, but they shot 32 free throws and we shot 12," Mustangs head coach Jim Sykes said. "That right there is the difference in the game. But it came down to who made more plays, and they happened to make one more."

Martin added 16 points and eight assists for the Tigers, while Trae Vandeberg had eight. After seeing mostly limited minutes throughout the season, Jason Spicer lifted the Tigers with nine points and six rebounds in 18 minutes of action.

"I thought Spicer did a great job. It's been a tough road for him, because these layups are just rimming out for him. But he had a really big finish down low, and he stayed tough mentally for us."

Ryan Tegtmeier contributed to Morningside with 16 points in the loss, while Adebayo Babalola recorded 12.

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DWU (14-6, 6-4 GPAC) takes on Concordia at 4 p.m. on Saturday in Seward, Nebraska.

NOTES: Before the game, former Mitchell boys basketball head coach Gary Munsen was honored with a moment of silence. During the moment of silence, the Mitchell High School championship banners - which include 12 championship teams coached by Munsen - were lowered inside the Corn Palace. Munsen died Tuesday at age 72.

Morningside College (6-12, 3-7) 80

Blake Van Ginkel 2-4 2-2 7 Ryan Tegtmeier 6-14 2-3 16 Brody Van Ginkel 1-8 0-0 2 Adebayo Babalola 6-7 0-1 12 Bryce Koch 8-16 4-4 20 Brody Egger 1-6 0-1 2 Jake Nannen 0-0 0-0 0

Jared Kolbush 4-5 0-0 11 Nate Gilsar 0-0 0-0 0 Wyatt Mounts 1-3 0-0 3 Evan Altenburg 1-1 0-0 2 Matthew Klemme 2-2 1-1 5 TOTALS 32-66 9-12 80

Dakota Wesleyan (14-6, 6-4) 82

Trae Bergh 10-17 6-6 34 Terrell Newton 2-5 0-0 4 Tate Martin 5-15 4-5 16 Jade Miller 1-11 2-4 4 Trae Vandeberg 1-10 6-6 8 Brady Wohler 2-4 3-6 7 Jon Harmening 0-0 0-0 0 Jason Spicer 2-6 5-5 9 TOTALS 23-68 26-32 82

Halftime: DWU 41, Morningside 35. 3-point goals: MC 7-of-18 (Blake Van Ginkel 1, Tegtmeier 2, Kolbush 3), DWU 10-35 (Bergh 8, Martin 2); Rebounds: MC 38 (Koch 14), DWU 31 (Spicer 6); Assists: MC 12 (Brody Van Ginkel 7), DWU 17 (Martin 8); Total fouls: MC 23, DWU 13; Turnovers: MC 13, DWU 6

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Dakota Wesleyan's Jason Spicer (40) tries to float up a shot at a college basketball game on Wednesday at the Corn Palace in Mitchell. (Garrick Hodge/Republic)
Dakota Wesleyan's Jason Spicer (40) tries to float up a shot at a college basketball game on Wednesday at the Corn Palace in Mitchell. (Garrick Hodge/Republic)

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