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DWU men rally past Doane

CRETE, Neb.--The Dakota Wesleyan University men's basketball team used a 17-2 run to erase an 18-point deficit against Doane University on Saturday. DWU won the Great Plains Athletic Conference contest 75-66.

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CRETE, Neb.-The Dakota Wesleyan University men's basketball team used a 17-2 run to erase an 18-point deficit against Doane University on Saturday. DWU won the Great Plains Athletic Conference contest 75-66.

DWU guard Ty Hoglund led the team with a double-double as he scored 24 points, snagged 10 rebounds and recorded seven steals. Aaron Ahmadu finished with 12 points on 4-of-5 shooting, as Nick Harden and Collin Kramer notched nine points each.

Doane used a 9-0 run to take a 48-30 lead. But DWU started chipping away at the deficit as Ahmadu nailed back-to-back 3-pointers to make it a 53-39 game.

Sam McCloud made a 3-point basket followed by an Ahmadu free throw to make it a two-point game. With 2:38 left to play, Kramer made a layup in the paint and was fouled. He made the ensuing free throw to give the Tigers their first lead since the first half.

Tight defense down the stretch held Doane without a field goal in the final 5:54 of the game as tight defense and free-throw shooting gave DWU the victory.

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In the first half, Doane jumped out to a quick lead. Mason Larson connected on a deep 3-point shot to pull the Tigers within three points. But, Doane extended its lead down the stretch to take a 39-30 lead into halftime.

The Tigers shot 43.6 percent from the field and 37 percent from 3-point range. DWU forced 22 turnovers and scored 26 points off turnovers, while scoring 28 points in the paint.

DWU hosts Concordia University at 6 p.m. Saturday in the Corn Palace.

Dakota Wesleyan 75, Doane 66

Dakota Wesleyan (9-3, 5-3 GPAC): Nick Harden 1-9 7-8 9, Collin Kramer 4-6 1-1 9, Aaron Ahmadu 4-5 1-2 12, Sam McCloud 3-9 0-0 8, Ty Hoglund 8-17 6-7 24, Koln Oppold 2-4 0-0 6, Tristan Teichmeier 1-1 1-2 3, Nate Davis 0-1 0-0 0, Mason Larson 1-3 1-2 4. Totals 24-55 17-22 75.

Doane (4-9, 1-6 GPAC): Anthony Laravie 8-16 2-2 22, Zach Witters 4-8 0-0 10, Nick Kornieck 2-9 1-4 5, Koh Flippin 5-10 0-0 10, Trace Tupper 8-9 1-1 17, Tyler Sullivan 1-1 0-0 2, Garran Pauli 0-1 0-0 0, Jaxon Harre 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 28-54 4-7 66.

Halftime: Doane 39-30. 3-point field goals: DWU 10-27 (Harden 0-3, Kramer 0-1, Ahmadu 3-3, McCloud 2-6, Hoglund 2-6, Oppold 2-4, Davis 0-1, Larson 1-3); Doane 6-20 (Laravie 4-12, Witters 2-4, Kornieck 0-4). Rebounds: DWU 29 (Hoglund 10); Doane 30 (Tupper 7). Assists: DWU 14 (Harden 6); Doane 9 (Flippin 4). Steals: DWU 17 (Hoglund 7); Doane 9 (Flippin 4). Blocked shots: DWU 1 (McCloud 1); Doane 1 (Harre 1). Turnovers: DWU 14; Doane 22. Totals fouls: DWU 9; Doane 18.

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