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DWU men topple Trojans: Four Tigers score in double figures in third straight win

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MADISON -- It took less than 10 minutes for the Dakota Wesleyan University men’s basketball team to take a double-digit lead it wouldn’t relinquish on Wednesday.

The No. 7 Tigers led by as many as 35 points in their 88-59 win over Dakota State University in a non-conference road game.

With the game tied at 6-all, DWU went on a 14-2 run to break the game open. Samuel McCloud made one of his four 3-pointers to start the run, capped by Mason Larson nailing his only shot of the contest. McCloud finished with 18 points and eight rebounds.

DWU grew its lead to 20 points by halftime, and it reached 31 with 10 minutes, 9 seconds to play. Tyson Smiley’s make with 8:23 remaining gave it a 77-42 lead for its largest advantage of the contest.

Smiley was one of four players to reach double figures, scoring 18 points in the win. Nick Harden chipped in 17 points, three steals and three blocks and Ty Hoglund finished with 10 points and five assists. But 12 different players scored. The Tigers were helped by only turning it over four times, too.

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Meanwhile, Anthony Costello (20) and Brady Van Holland (18) were the only Trojans to crack double figures. The Tigers recorded 12 steals and blocked five shots, holding DSU to 41.2 percent shooting.

DWU shot 45.6 percent from deep and made 11 of 36 3s, while owning a 39-31 advantage on the glass. Six different Tigers grabbed four rebounds, as they recorded 11 offensive boards.

DWU (14-2) plays No. 1 Morningside at 4 p.m. Saturday in Sioux City, Iowa.

No. 7 Dakota Wesleyan University 88, Dakota State University 59

Dakota Wesleyan (14-2): Nick Harden 6-7 5-7 17, Tyson Smiley 7-11 3-4 18, Collin Kramer 1-5 0-2 3, Samuel McCloud 7-11 0-0 18, Ty Hpglund 2-8 6-6 10, Koln Oppold 0-3 1-2 1, Tristan Teichmeier 3-7 0-0 7, Bradley Dean 0-4 0-0 0, Kellen Erpenbach 0-0 0-0 0, Jeffrey Schuh 0-0 0-0 0, Mason Larson 1-4 0-0 3, Sawyer Schultz 1-3 0-0 3, Jacob Prouty 1-3 0-0 2, Drew Cole 1-1 0-0 3, Ace Zorr 1-1 0-0 3. Team totals: 31-68 15-21 88.

Dakota State (3-12): Gare Ewefada 0-6 1-3 1, Brady Van Holland 6-11 3-4 18, Gavin Schipper 3-8 0-0 7, Cole Bruhn 1-2 0-0 2, Anthony Costello 8-18 4-4 20, Mason Ritter 0-2 2-2 2, Brady Elder 0-0 0-0 0, Carson Rentz 3-4 0-0 9, Kellan Benck 0-0 0-0 0. Team totals: 21-51 10-13 59.

HT: DWU, 47-27. 3-pointers: DWU 11-36 (McCloud 4-8, Kramer 1-5, Smiley 1-3, Teichmeier 1-1, Larson 1-4, Schultz 1-3, Cole 1-1, Zorr 1-1, Harden 0-1, Hoglund 0-3, Oppold 0-3, Dean 0-2, Prouty 0-1); DSU 7-19 (Van Holland 3-7, Rentz 3-4, Schipper 1-3, Ewefada 0-3, Bruhn 0-1, Ritter 0-1). Rebounds: DWU 39 (McCloud 8); DSU 31 (Costello 9, Van Holland 8). Assists: DWU 17 (Hoglund 5); DSU 13 (Schipper 4). Steals: DWU 12 (Harden 3, Teichmeier 2, Larson 2); DSU 2. Blocked shots: DWU 5 (Harden 3); DSU 1. Turnovers: DWU 4, DSU 16. Total fouls: DWU 15, DSU 15.

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