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Cold-shooting second half sees DWU men's basketball stumble to Hastings

The Tigers shot 25.8% from the field in the second half, including 2-for-21 on 3-pointers as a four-point halftime lead slipped away.

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HASTINGS, Neb. — A rough second half on offense spoiled Dakota Wesleyan’s chances for a men’s basketball road victory on Friday night.

The Tigers shot 25.8% from the field in the second half, including 2-for-21 on 3-pointers as a four-point halftime lead slipped away at the hands of Hastings in a 70-59 game at Farrell Arena in Great Plains Athletic Conference play.

Jakob Dobney and Blaze Lubbers each had 10 points in the first half in helping DWU build a 36-23 lead, but the Tigers were outscored by 15 points in the second half, including a 13-2 run by the Broncos midway through the period.

In the loss, DWU finished with a season-low four turnovers and Koln Oppold poured in 15 points and grabbed six rebounds. Lubbers finished the contest with 13 points, while Dobney ended with 12. Kallan Herman also hit double figures, notching 10 points.

DWU was outscored in bench points 10-6, and Hastings (13-6, 6-5 GPAC) had 30 points in the paint to DWU’s 18. The Tigers connected on 19% (8 of 42) of their 3-point tries and shot 32.8% (22 of 67) from the floor overall, while Hastings was 24-for-56 (42.8%) from the field and 5 of 15 (33.3%) from 3-point range. The Broncos also outrebounded the Tigers 44-36.

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A large disparity at the free-throw line helped Hastings, as well, with the Broncos converting 17 of 20 attempts, while DWU was 7-for-8.

DWU (9-10, 5-6 GPAC) is back in action Saturday, Jan. 21, when the Tigers finish off their two-game trip in Nebraska with a contest on the road against Doane.

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