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DWU men drop GPAC contest in closing seconds

It was the ideal situation for the Dakota Wesleyan University men's basketball team. The No. 17 Tigers put the ball in Ty Hoglund's hands in the waning moments, but his contested layup was no good and Hastings College pulled out a 79-77 win on Sa...

Dakota Wesleyan University's Ty Hoglund (24) drives to the basket past Hastings College's Kevin Miller (1) and Brendan Lipovsky (5) during a game on Saturday at the Corn Palace. (Matt Gade / Republic)
Dakota Wesleyan University's Ty Hoglund (24) drives to the basket past Hastings College's Kevin Miller (1) and Brendan Lipovsky (5) during a game on Saturday at the Corn Palace. (Matt Gade / Republic)

It was the ideal situation for the Dakota Wesleyan University men's basketball team.

The No. 17 Tigers put the ball in Ty Hoglund's hands in the waning moments, but his contested layup was no good and Hastings College pulled out a 79-77 win on Saturday at the Corn Palace.

It was the second straight two-point defeat at home for the Tigers.

"I am just really disappointed, just like our guys are," DWU coach Matt Wilber said. "I feel where our guys are at. I feel bad that we couldn't get it pulled out and couldn't get it finished. Hastings played really well. They made a lot of shots and I give them credit for that. It is really just a difficult loss."

DWU (6-2, 2-2 GPAC) had a couple chances late to win the game. Hastings College's Bart Hiscock made it 79-77 with 21 ticks left and was fouled, but missed the free throw. Hoglund, who finished with 31 points, worked the clock down and took a contested 3-pointer over Hastings College's Brendan Lipovsky.

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"His 3-pointer was right on line," Hastings coach Bill Gavers said. "That was real scary. He took that deep three and he's a great player and when great players take those shots, you are like 'Oh no.' "

But Hoglund's 3-pointer rattled out and Hiscock was fouled on the rebound. He missed both free throws with 6.5 seconds left and Hoglund raced down the court in the closing seconds. Lipovsky collided with Hoglund trying to draw the charge, but no whistle. Reigning GPAC defensive player of the year Kevin Miller was draped on Hoglund and altered the attempt.

"I literally thought the refs were going to call a foul," Miller said. "We wasn't getting anything and same for the other team. So it was a scary moment and when that horn went off, it was a relief."

After the final horn, the Broncos (7-2, 3-1 GPAC) celebrated and Wilber begged for a foul on the final play.

"Ty's got the ball in his hands and he goes down and he makes a play and there's a no call at the end," Wilber said. "We probably shouldn't have been in that position, but there's got to be a call on that play."

The Tigers built a 12-point lead in the first half, but the Broncos surged ahead for a 40-36 halftime lead. The teams traded shots in the second half until the Tigers pulled away 70-63 with four minutes left.

"That's an excellent basketball team," Gavers said. "A well-coached basketball team with a player of the year candidate in Ty Hoglund and some other that made players. (Koln) Oppold hit some big threes and so I thought our guys were tough tonight. We didn't get rattle and we made plays and executed well at the end of the game down the stretch."

DWU couldn't close it out as Hastings rallied for a 77-77 tie with one minute remaining. After Tristan Teichmeier missed two free throws with 40 seconds left, Hiscock backed down Teichmeier in the post and broke the tie with 21 seconds left.

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"They just started making plays and things didn't go well for us offensively," Wilber said. "I thought things got really easy for them and it was just tough. They made plays and made shots."

Nick Harden scored 11 points, while Oppold added 10 points. Sam McCloud hit three 3-pointers, while the Tigers shot 12-for-39 from beyond the arc.

DWU plays Jamestown at 8 p.m. on Tuesday at the Corn Palace.

Hastings College 79, Dakota Wesleyan 77

Hastings College (7-2, 3-1 GPAC): Kevin Miller 5-10 2-2 14, Brendan Lipovsky 7-17 3-4 20, Logan Cale 2-3 3-3 9, Bart Hiscock 4-7 1-6 10, Shane Chamberlain 6-9 0-0 14, Zack Johnson 2-4 0-0 5, Eli Hunter 0-1 0-0 0, Zach Kitten 1-1 0-2 2, Ben Wahlberg 1-5 2-2 5. Totals 28-57 11-19 79.

Dakota Wesleyan (6-2, 2-2 GPAC): Nick Harden 4-11 3-4 11, Collin Kramer 2-8 1-2 7, Aaron Ahmadu 1-6 1-2 4, Sam McCloud 3-11 0-0 9, Ty Hoglund 11-16 6-7 31, Koln Oppold 3-8 1-2 10, Tristan Teichmeier 1-1 2-5 4, Nate Davis 0-3 1-2 1, Mason Larson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 25-64 15-24 77.

Halftime: Hastings 40-36. 3-point field goals: HC 12-23 (Miller 2-3, Lipovsky 3-5, Cale 2-3, Hiscock 1-1, Chamberlain 2-5, Johnson 1-3, Wahlberg 1-3); DWU 12-39 (Harden 0-3, Kramer 2-7, Ahmadu 1-5, McCloud 3-8, Hoglund 3-6, Oppold 3-7, Davis 0-3). Rebounds: HC 34 (Lipovsky 9); DWU 32 (Kramer 9). Steals: HC 2 (Lipovsky 1, Chamberlain 1); DWU 7 (Hoglund 2). Assists: HC 12 (Miller 4); DWU 12 (Ahmadu 4). Blocked shots: HC 4 (Hiscock 2); DWU 1 (Hoglund 1). Turnovers: HC 14; DWU 8. Total fouls: HC 24; DWU 20. A: 1,857.

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