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Bulldogs hold Tigers in check, hand DWU its sixth loss of the season

Dakota Wesleyan had a season-low 50 points in the loss

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DICKINSON, N.D. -- Montana Western held Dakota Wesleyan University to 50 points, its lowest point total this season, as the Tigers complete their eight-game road trip.

Since the 2015-16 season, Dakota Wesleyan hasn’t scored under 60 points except for once on Feb. 10, 2021 when the Tigers lost to Great Plains Athletic Conference opponent Dordt 64-59. So far this season, DWU (4-6, 1-2 GPAC) has scored less than 60 points in three separate contests, including Saturday’s 78-50 loss to Montana Western in the Sam Milanovich Classic at the Scott Gymnasium.

In the first half, DWU made nine of its 30 field goal attempts and made one of its 13 3-point attempts. The Tigers kept pace with the Bulldogs throughout the first 10 minutes of play, keeping it at a two point game with 9:48 remaining in the first half. From that point on, Montana Western went on a 20 to 5 run over the next seven minutes and held the Tigers scoreless for 4 minutes and 52 seconds.

The Bulldogs shot 43 percent from the field in the first half and made all eight of their free throw attempts. DWU didn’t get to the free line once in the first half and found themselves in a 15-point deficit. Montana Western also outscored Dakota Wesleyan 42 to 31 in the second half to cruise to its ninth victory of the season.

DWU’s Koln Oppold led the Tigers with 15 points and five rebounds. Nick Wittler had nine points and five rebounds while Jeffrey Schuch also had nine points. Ace Zorr added six points and Alan Kikwaki added four points and five rebounds off the bench.

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For Montana Western (9-3), Ky Kouba led all scorers with 26 points. He also had 11 rebounds and made all 13 of his free throws. Jalen Hodges had 14 points and Michael Haverfield had 11 points.

Dakota Wesleyan returns home for two straight home games at the Corn Palace against GPAC opponents Hastings at 6:45 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3, and Doane at 3:45 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4.

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