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Comeback bid falls short for DWU men

ORANGE CITY, Iowa--The Dakota Wesleyan University men's basketball team rallied to force overtime, but it couldn't complete the comeback. The No. 15 Tigers trailed 62-50 with less than 10 minutes to go against Northwestern College and they forced...

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ORANGE CITY, Iowa-The Dakota Wesleyan University men's basketball team rallied to force overtime, but it couldn't complete the comeback.

The No. 15 Tigers trailed 62-50 with less than 10 minutes to go against Northwestern College and they forced overtime. However, the Red Raiders outscored the Tigers 11-8 in the extra period for an 80-77 Great Plains Athletic Conference men's basketball victory.

After five points in the first half, Ty Hoglund sparked the second-half rally with 27 total points. He added seven rebounds and four assists. Nick Harden finished with 20 points and Tristan Teichmeier scored 13 points. Aaron Ahmadu had 11.

The Tigers (14-6, 8-5 GPAC) led 40-39 at halftime, but the Red Raiders seized the lead with a run early in the second half. DWU began chipping away at the deficit and tied it up at 69-69 on a Hoglund 3-point play with 25 seconds left. The Red Raiders missed a shot at the buzzer that forced overtime.

In the extra session, the score was stuck on 71-71 as both teams struggled from the field. The Tigers missed four straight 3-pointers. DWU finished 6 of 37 from the 3-point line.

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The Red Raiders broke the drought and went ahead 75-71 before sealing the victory at the free-throw line. DWU had a chance to send the game into double overtime, but the last second 3-point heave by Mason Larson was off the mark and he didn't get it off in time.

Craig Sterk led Northwestern (13-8, 7-5 GPAC) with 17 points and Parker Mulder finished with 16 points. Jay Small scored 13 points.

The Tigers play at Hastings College on Saturday.

Northwestern College 80, Dakota Wesleyan 77 (OT)

Dakota Wesleyan (14-6, 8-5 GPAC): Koln Oppold 0-4 0-0 0, Tristan Teichmeier 5-7 3-4 13, Nick Harden 9-21 0-0 20, Collin Kramer 1-2 0-0 3, Mason Larson 0-3 0-0 0, Aaron Ahmadu 4-12 2-2 11, Sam McCloud 1-6 0-0 3, Ty Hoglund 10-23 6-8 27. Totals 30-78 11-14 77.

Northwestern College (13-8, 7-5 GPAC): Craig Sterk 7-12 2-2 17, Trent Hillbrands 4-12 3-4 11, Parker Mulder 7-11 2-3 16, Grant DeMeulenaere 2-3 0-0 4, Isaac Heyer 0-2 6-6 6, Dalton Moser 0-1 0-0 0, Jay Small 5-17 1-1 13, Steven Kragt 3-6 0-0 6, Chris Borchers 1-2 0-0 2, Christian Korver 2-4 0-0 5. Totals 31-70 14-16 80.

Halftime: DWU 40-39. End of regulation: 69-69. 3-point field goals: DWU 6-37 (Oppold 0-3, Harden 2-6, Kramer 1-2, Larson 0-3, Ahmadu 1-7, McCloud 1-6, Hoglund 1-10); NC 4-26 (Sterk 1-2, Hilbrands 0-5, Heyer 0-1, Moser 0-1, Small 2-12, Kragt 0-3, Korver 1-2). Rebounds: DWU 40 (McCloud 8); NC 48 (Hilbrands 7, Kragt 7) Assists: DWU 9 (Hoglund 4); NC 8 (Mulder 3). Turnovers: DWU 13; NC 15. Total fouls: DWU 17; NC 21.

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