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Mount Marty men hold off DWU efforts in Yankton

It is DWU’s third straight loss and the Tigers have yet to play a home game on the season.

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YANKTON -- The Dakota Wesleyan men’s basketball team shot 23% in the first half on Tuesday night at Cimpl Arena and the Tigers were not able to overcome an early 14-point deficit in a 71-65 loss to Mount Marty in Great Plains Athletic Conference play.

Mount Marty built a 26-12 lead with 5 minutes to play in the first half and DWU went more than 5 minutes without a made field goal late in the half but still managed to keep the game within eight points at halftime.

The Tigers (2-5, 1-2 GPAC) inched the deficit down to two points with 10 minutes left in the game when Jakob Dobney converted a shot and had a chance to get within one point on a 3-point play. But from there, DWU was not able to get closer than four points on two occasions in the final minutes of the game, with the Lancers converting 13 of 18 free throw tries in the second half and shooting 56% from the field in the final 20 minutes.

Mount Marty’s Cole Bowen had a 27-point performance, while Tash Lunday had 11 points and 11 rebounds for Mount Marty (4-5, 1-3 GPAC). Caden Casey added nine points from off the bench for MMU.

Kallan Herman led the Tigers in scoring with 21 points from off the bench, including hitting three of the Tigers’ seven 3-pointers. Koln Oppold had 19 points and nine rebounds for the Tigers and Dobney, the Vermillion product, had eight points for DWU. Blaze Lubbers had six points and 12 rebounds for DWU, which outrebounded the Lancers, 38-36.

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The Tigers finished with a 34.8% shooting day from the field and were 7-for-29 on 3-pointers. Mount Marty held a 38-24 edge in points in the paint and 10-0 on fastbreak points.

It is DWU’s third straight loss and the Tigers have yet to play a home game on the season.

DWU will play its eighth consecutive road game to open the season at Dakota State on Wednesday, Nov. 30 in Madison before opening the home schedule with Doane on Friday, Dec. 2 at the Corn Palace.

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