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DWU men defending at high rate

Dakota Wesleyan's four-game winning streak starts with defense. The No. 9 Tiger men haven't lost since their 103-88 defeat at Northwestern College. DWU, which is the No. 4 scoring team in the nation, has since put an emphasize on defense and it's...

Dakota Wesleyan's four-game winning streak starts with defense.

The No. 9 Tiger men haven't lost since their 103-88 defeat at Northwestern College. DWU, which is the No. 4 scoring team in the nation, has since put an emphasize on defense and it's shown through the past four Great Plains Athletic Conference games.

The Tigers have recorded convincing wins over Briar Cliff (87-66), Dordt College (107-73), Doane University (96-76) and Morningside College (101-72).

The Tigers (19-5, 10-2 GPAC) will now put their four-game winning streak on the line at 4 p.m. today against Hastings College at the Corn Palace. DWU is tied with Midland for the top spot in the GPAC standings, as each team is 10-2. Northwestern is a half-game back in the standings at 10-3.

The Tigers' latest defensive showing came against the Mustangs on Thursday. DWU held Morningside to 13 points below its season average.

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"Our guards played really well," DWU coach Matt Wilber said about the defense. "I thought that was the key, that their guards weren't running loose against us and feeling comfortable with open shots."

He praised the defensive play of Ty Hoglund, Nate Davis and Trae Vandeberg for slowing down the Morningside College guards.

"There was a point when we had a few minutes left in the game and a pretty high-powered offense was sitting at 62-63 points," Wilber added. "So we were doing a good job defensively on them. Because Morningside is very good and they have been playing at a high level. I was just impressed with how we defended them."

DWU edged the Broncos 89-87 earlier in the season. Hastings is coming off a 78-76 loss against Concordia University on Wednesday. Trey Moore leads the Broncos (12-12, 6-6) in scoring with 15.2 points per game.

"They are big-time dangerous like everybody else," Wilber said. "They have got a talented pieces in their puzzle, too."

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