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Evers, bench scoring help DWU men top Hastings

Teegan Evers entered Saturday’s contest against Hastings having scored 22 total points in seven appearances. On Saturday, the Dakota Wesleyan University freshman exploded for a career-high 28 points as the Tigers’ bench combined for 52 points in a 92-76 Great Plains Athletic Conference win over the Broncs.

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HASTINGS, Neb. -- Teegan Evers entered Saturday’s contest against Hastings having scored 22 total points in seven appearances.

On Saturday, the Dakota Wesleyan University freshman exploded for a career-high 28 points as the Tigers’ bench combined for 52 points in a 92-76 Great Plains Athletic Conference win over the Broncs.

Evers and Emery native Sawyer Schultz connected on a pair of 3-pointers to help take a tie game to a 13-point lead with five minutes left in the half, but Hastings was able to trim the lead to seven at halftime.

After the Broncs cut the DWU (16-4, 12-3 GPAC) lead to two three minutes into the second half, Drew Cole came off the bench to hit a 3-pointer and then Ace Zorr went to work, scoring seven consecutive points. Zorr would finish with 19 points on 8 of 11 shooting and grabbed seven rebounds

With less than 10 minutes left, Nick Harden knocked down a 3-pointer, sparking an 18-4 run to help the Tigers pull away.

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Evers went 10 of 14 from the field, including 4 of 7 from beyond the arc. Harden added 16 points, five steals and four assists, while Koln Oppold chipped in 14 points and nine rebounds. DWU shot 50.7% from the field and gained a 35-26 advantage on the boards.

Karson Ganseborn scored a team-high 26 points for Hastings (6-15, 2-14), while Dashawn Walker added 18 points. Mason Hiemstra and Ben Juhl pitched in 12 points apiece in the loss.

DWU hosts No. 9 Morningside at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Corn Palace.

Dakota Wesleyan 92, Hastings 76

Dakota Wesleyan (16-4): Koln Oppold 6-11 0-0 14, Nick Harden 5-16 4-4 16, Jeffrey Schuch 1-2 0-0 2, Mason Larson 1-4 0-0 2, Sawyer Schultz 2-4 1-2 6, Teegan Evers 10-14 4-5 28, Kellen Erpenbach 0-0 0-0 0, Jared Jaros 0-1 0-0 0, Gary White III 0-0 0-2 0, Ace Zorr 8-11 3-4 19, Drew Cole 1-4 2-2 5, Nick Wittler 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 34-67 14-19 92.

Hastings (6-15): Mason Hiemstra 5-13 2-2 12, Karson Ganseborn 8-16 6-7 26, Dashawn Walker 9-16 0-0 18, Ben Juhl 5-9 0-0 12, Braden Kizer 2-2 0-0 4, Dylan Richman 0-0 0-0 0, Bragan Meyer 0-0 0-0 0, Logan Schuldt 1-2 0-0 2, Josh Quinn 0-0 0-0 0, Ashton Valentine 0-1 0-0 0, Evan Kingston 0-3 0-0 0, Grady Corrigan 1-1 0-0 2, Hayden Grint 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 31-63 8-9 76.

Halftime: DWU 49-42. 3-pointers: DWU 10-22 (Evers 4-7, Oppold 2-4, Harden 2-6, Schultz 1-2, Cole 1-3, Jaros 0-1); H 6-19 (Ganseborn 4-9, Juhl 2-3, Schuldt 0-1, Valentine 0-1, Walker 0-1, Hiemstra 0-2, Kingston 0-2). Rebounds: DWU 35 (Oppold 9); H 26 (Kizer 8). Assists: DWU 12 (Harden 4); H 10 (Hiemstra 4). Steals: DWU 7 (Harden 5); H 4 (Hiemstra 3). Blocks: DWU 2 (Harden 1, Schultz 1); H 0. Turnovers: DWU 15; H 15. Fouls: DWU 14, H 17.

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