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DWU men nail 18 3-pointers in rout

It was an avalanche of 3-pointers on Saturday at the Corn Palace. The No. 18 Dakota Wesleyan University men's basketball team buried 18 3-pointers and rolled past Concordia University 105-56 in Great Plains Athletic Conference action. The Tigers,...

Dakota Wesleyan University's Collin Kramer (12) drives to the basket against Concordia University's Tanner Shuck (21) on Saturday at the Corn Palace. (Matt Gade / Republic)
Dakota Wesleyan University's Collin Kramer (12) drives to the basket against Concordia University's Tanner Shuck (21) on Saturday at the Corn Palace. (Matt Gade / Republic)

It was an avalanche of 3-pointers on Saturday at the Corn Palace.

The No. 18 Dakota Wesleyan University men’s basketball team buried 18 3-pointers and rolled past Concordia University 105-56 in Great Plains Athletic Conference action.

The Tigers, who rank No. 7 in the nation in 3-pointers made per game (12), surpassed their season average against the Bulldogs.

“We saw a couple go in early and I think that helps all of our confidence,” DWU guard Ty Hoglund said. “We are all in this together and so when we see somebody shooting well, then everybody else kind of follows suit.”

Hoglund dropped in 29 points and nailed four 3-pointers. Nick Harden stuffed the stat sheet with 16 points, nine assists and seven steals. Sam McCloud added 14 points and he joined the 3-point party with four treys.

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“We had a focused group,” DWU coach Matt Wilber said. “We guarded really well early on and I thought that is what keyed it. We had a really focused Nick Harden and ready to go and he did a great job of putting a lot pressure on everybody and then Ty just had a really good game.”

Hoglund, the nation’s seventh leading scorer, recorded 16 points in the first half to spark a 46-30 halftime advantage. DWU (10-3, 6-3 GPAC) never let the Bulldogs (7-7, 1-7 GPAC) make a dent into the lead and they burned three timeouts in the first half.

Despite Concordia’s 7-6 overall entering the contest, Hoglund said the Tigers weren’t taking the Bulldogs lightly.

“They are 7-6, but all of their losses are to tough teams and they have been close games,” Hoglund said. “They are a really good squad. They have a lot of good players out there and I thought we came out the way we needed to and finished the job.”

The Tigers continued to pile on the points in the second half. Reserves Koln Oppold netted 11 points and Tristan Teichmeier added nine points. DWU’s bench outscored Concordia’s reserves 34-17.

“I was really proud of our bench,” Wilber said. “Even before it really got stretched out. I thought Koln Oppold and Tristan Teichmeier did a really good job for us again and we need that.”

Carter Kent led Concordia with 15 points. Tanner Shuck, who entered the contest with 42 made 3-pointers, went 0-for-3 from deep.

“We did a good job on him and he’s a very good player,” Wilber said. “He’s a very good player and last year he had a very big-time game against us here.”

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The Tigers will play in the Trip Sports Las Vegas Hoopla on Dec. 19-20. DWU will play Cal Miramar and the University of Antelope Valley at the event.

 

Dakota Wesleyan 105, Concordia University 56 Concordia University (7-7, 1-7): Brevin Sloup 2-5 0-0 5, Carter Kent 6-14 1-1 15, Tanner Shuck 1-5 3-4 5, Chuol Biel 4-7 2-2 10, Ryan Holt 2-3 0-0 4, Nick Cito 0-1 0-0 0, Justin Wiersema 2-4 2-2 6, Grant Wragge 2-4 0-0 4, Nate Middleton 0-1 0-0 0, Tanner Wubbels 0-1 0-0 0, Klay Uher 0-2 0-0 0, Logan Eaker 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 22-54 9-11 56. Dakota Wesleyan (10-3, 6-3): Nick Harden 7-10 2-4 16, Collin Kramer 3-5 0-0 7-7, Aaron Ahmadu 2-4 0-0 5, Sam McCloud 5-9 0-0 14, Ty Hoglund 11-17 3-3 29, Koln Oppold 4-5 0-0 11, Tristan Teichmeier 4-6 0-1 9, Nate Davis 0-1 0-0 0, Cooper Williams 1-1 0-0 3, Noah Vettrus 0-1 2-2 2, Jeffrey Schuch 0-0 0-0 0, Mason Larson 2-3 0-0 6, Tyus Arends 1-1 0-0 3, Ace Zorr 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 40-63 7-10 105.Halftime: DWU 46-30. 3-point field goals: CU 3-19 (Sloup 1-2, Kent 2-5, Shuck 0-3, Holt 0-1, Cito 0-1, Wiersema 0-1, Auguste 0-1, Wragge 0-2, Middleton 0-1, Uher 0-2); DWU 18-33 (Harden 0-1, Kramer 1-3, Ahmadu 1-2, McCloud 4-7, Hoglund 4-8, Oppold 3-4, Teichmeier 1-1 , Davis 0-1, Williams 1-1, Vettrus 0-1, Larson 2-3, Arends 1-1). Rebounds: CU 25 (Shuck 5); DWU 31 (Kramer 7). Assists: CU 4 (Wiersema 2); DWU 23 (Harden 9). Steals: CU 5 (Shuck 2, Auguste 2); DWU 9 (Harden 7). Blocked shots: CU 3 (Holt 2); DWU 1 (Harden 1). Turnovers: CU 14; DWU 9. Total fouls: CU 11; DWU 10. A: 3,165.

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