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Dakota Wesleyan men come up short in final minutes to split season series with Doane

Tigers drop seventh GPAC game this season.

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CRETE, NEB. — Evenly matched until the final two minutes of the second meeting between these Great Plains Athletic Conference foes and Doane was able to make enough plays down the stretch to seal the win over DWU.

Doane scored eight points in the final two minutes to beat Dakota Wesleyan 58-52 Saturday and end the Tigers four-game winning streak.

DWU (9-11, 6-7 GPAC) started the game on a 9-0 run, but that was quickly erased by a Doane 10-0 run that led to a one-point lead, 24-23, heading into halftime. Dakota Wesleyan had five players score at least four points in the first half while Doane had eight players managing to get on the scoreboard.

After a back and forth 17 minutes of action, Doane’s Joe Burt made a layup with two minutes and 53 seconds remaining to tie the game at 50. Both teams would go scoreless for the next minute until Anthony Laravie made a shot to give Doane a two point lead with less than 90 seconds to go. Dakota Wesleyan missed its next three shots while Doane sank six free throws to secure the win.

Jeffrey Schuch led the Tigers with 13 points and Koln Oppold had 12 points and eight rebounds. Nick Wittler added seven points while Teegan Evers nailed two 3-pointers for six points.

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Anthony Laravie led Doane (13-10, 6-7 GPAC) and all scorers with 24 points and went 6-for-9 from 3-point range. Brady Timm and Josiah Gardiner had eight points each while Burt added seven points off the bench and Alec Oberhauser added a game-high 14 rebounds.

DWU returns home for a GPAC matchup against Dordt on Wednesday, Jan. 26 at 7:45 at the Corn Palace.

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