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DWU men drop second game at Small College Basketball Champions Classic to No. 16 Carroll College

For the second-straight game, the Tigers never led, though they kept it close with the Saints for much of Saturday's contest.

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ABERDEEN — For the second-straight afternoon at the Small College Basketball Champions Classic, the Dakota Wesleyan men’s basketball team fell behind and stayed there.

Though the contest remained close throughout, DWU never led, falling to 16th-ranked Carroll College (Mont.), 78-71, on Saturday at Northern State’s Wachs Arena.

Much of the contest was played with Carroll owning a lead of seven points or fewer, but the Tigers still trailed for more than 38 minutes and only pulled even once (at 26-all late in the first half). The Saints put the game out of reach with a late push, building a 13-point cushion with just over three minutes to play.

Carroll (4-1), which lost to Morningside by 18 points on the first day of the event, carried a 31-26 edge into halftime before both sides broke loose and scored 45-plus points apiece in the second half. The Saints’ shooting edge was slight at 48.4% to 43.9%, as were other measures such as turnovers (five to six), but Carroll out-rebounded the Tigers 40 to 28.

Only seven of the Saints’ points came from outside the starting five, which had four double-digit scorers in Andrew Cook (23 points), Brendan Temple (17), Jonny Hillman (16) and Brayden Koch (10). Temple rounded out a double-double with 11 rebounds, four assists and two blocks.

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DWU (2-4) countered with Nick Wittler’s 15 points and D'Andre Dennis’ 13, as Blaze Lubbers chipped in 10 off the bench. Lubbers added a team-high six rebounds and Dennis grabbed five boards. Koln Oppold contributed six points and four assists, with Alan Kikwaki had five points and five rebounds.

The Tigers are back in action at Mount Marty on Tuesday, Nov. 22.

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