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Dakota Wesleyan men's basketball loses late lead, falls to Dordt

A 6-0 run with under three minutes to go spurred the Defenders to a 77-74 victory over the Tigers on Saturday.

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Dakota Wesleyan's Koln Oppold drives with the basketball during an NAIA men's basketball game against Hastings on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022, at the Corn Palace.
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SIOUX CENTER, Iowa — Despite a six-point lead at the halftime break, the Dakota Wesleyan men’s basketball team couldn’t hang on against Dordt.

A 6-0 run with under three minutes to go spurred the Defenders to a 77-74 victory over the Tigers on Saturday.

Though Dordt tied it a few times in the second half, DWU didn’t surrender the lead until the 5:55 mark of the second half when Jackson Louscher hit a jumper to put Dordt up one. It was the first time the Defenders led since they were up 27-26 with 5:38 to go in the first half.

After Luke Rankin’s layup extended the Dordt advantage to three, Koln Oppold connected on a jump shot to bring DWU back within one. After a Diang Gatluak free throw tied it at 70, the Tigers reclaimed the lead with 2:43 remaining on a layup from Blaze Lubbers.

The Defenders then went on their run, scoring six consecutive points and closing the contest on a 7-2 run to claim the win.

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Gatluak led the Tigers in scoring, dropping 21 points off the bench in 24 minutes. He was 7-for-12 from the floor and 4-for-5 from 3-point range, while also pulling down 10 rebounds, coming up with a steal and blocking two shots. Gatluak did the bulk of his damage in the first half, pouring in 18 points on 7-for-10 shooting and knocking down all four triples he took in nine minutes.

Kallan Herman also contributed 17 points for DWU, while Lubbers was the only other Tiger in double figures with 10. Jacob Vis registered 24 points in the win for Dordt on 10-of-13 shooting, while Lucas Lorenzen went 8-of-9 from the floor for 19 points. Rankin (10) and Bryce Coppock (13) also netted double-digit points for the Defenders.

As a team, DWU shot 40.6% from the field and 33.3% from deep, while outrebounding Dordt 44-34. The Defenders connected at 52.4% from the floor, though. Dordt also turned the ball over just six times and had 54 points in the paint to DWU’s 18.

DWU (5-6, 3-3 GPAC) moves on to face Northwestern in a road contest on Thursday, Dec. 15, while Dordt (11-2, 4-2 GPAC) takes on Mount Marty on the road on Dec. 15.

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