Big first half leads DWU men's basketball over Doane
DWU led 50-27 after the first 20 minutes, shooting 60% (18 of 30) from the floor in the first half and knocking down 11 of its 17 3-point attempts, good for a 64.7% mark.
CRETE, Neb. — A big first-half effort from Dakota Wesleyan’s offense helped the Tigers complete the season series sweep against Doane on Saturday in Great Plains Athletic Conference men’s basketball, as DWU won 80-69.
DWU led 50-27 after the first 20 minutes and had three players in double figures. Jakob Dobney posted 20 first-half points on 7-for-7 shooting from the floor and a 6-for-6 showing from 3-point range, while Blaze Lubbers and Diang Gatluak each added 10 points. Lubbers connected on all three of his shots from the field and both of his 3-pointers in the opening 20 minutes.
As a team, DWU shot 60% (18 of 30) from the floor in the first half and knocked down 11 of its 17 3-point attempts, good for a 64.7% mark. The Tigers assisted on 15 of their 18 first-half baskets.
Doane (8-13, 5-8 GPAC) brought the game within eight points late in the second half, but the comeback effort fell short, despite 23 second-half points from Brady Timm.
Dobney finished with a season-high 30 points for DWU (10-10, 6-6 GPAC), while Gatluak finished with 16 and Lubbers had 10. Timm ended the game with 30 points for Doane, and Alec Oberhauser chipped in 18.
All told, DWU finished the game shooting 52.9% (27 of 51) from the floor and 50% (14 of 28) from 3-point range, assisting on 21 of the 27 made field goals. The Tigers also outrebounded Doane 30-26.
DWU hosts Dordt on Wednesday, Jan. 25 at the Corn Palace, with tipoff scheduled for 7:45 p.m.