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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.

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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.

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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.

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