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Hoglund erupts for 45 points in overtime win

LAS VEGAS--Ty Hoglund poured in a career-high 45 points and the No. 18 Dakota Wesleyan University men's basketball team edged the University of Antelope Valley in an overtime thriller on Thursday.

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LAS VEGAS-Ty Hoglund poured in a career-high 45 points and the No. 18 Dakota Wesleyan University men's basketball team edged the University of Antelope Valley in an overtime thriller on Thursday.

The Tigers knocked off the Pioneers 92-91 in the final game of the Trip Sports Las Vegas Hoopla and what coach Matt Wilber called "the wildest game I ever coached from wire to wire."

The Tigers (11-3) needed a strong first half from Nick Harden, a late 3-pointer from Sam McCloud to force overtime and some Hoglund heroics down the stretch to edge the Pioneers.

"This game got away from us about three different times and then it got away from Antelope Valley three times," Wilber said. "It was one of those games where I think both teams had thought they had lost it and both teams had thought they had won it. I credit our guys for getting some big-time stops and we made shots to get it done."

Hoglund finished 14 for 24 from the field and 13 for 16 at the free-throw line. He knocked down four of his 11 3-point attempts. Hoglund finished with nine points in the overtime period.

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"Ty just got going," Wilber said. "He had like 30 or 31 in the second half and overtime just making every play against a big, long and athletic team. It was just a really special performance tonight."

But Hoglund received plenty of help. Harden tossed in 24 points and hit all four of his 3-point attempts. He added six assists and three steals.

"Offensively, Nick Harden really carried us in the first half," Wilber said. "He made a bunch of shots and made a bunch of plays in a hectic first half."

The Tigers led 41-39 at halftime. DWU maintained its lead until Antelope Valley surged ahead and Wilber said the Tigers trailed by eight late in the game.

After Hoglund hit two free throws to cut the deficit to three points with 1:10 left, McCloud drilled a 3-pointer on the next possession to force overtime with 37 seconds left. It was McCloud's only points of the game. Hoglund then scored nine of DWU's 12 points in the extra session.

"It was just completely back and forth and an absolute wild game," Wilber said.

Tristan Teichmeier finished with 11 of DWU's 36 rebounds.

Antelope Valley post Christian Drayton finished with 26 points and 11 rebounds for the Pioneers.

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"I have been to the national tournament now four years in a row and they look every part of what a national tournament team looks like," Wilber said. "They had a big man that was really good. They had big, long shooters and they had some guards who were really explosive and so it was one of those games where there were a lot of plays being made by both sides."

The Tigers will play in the Hoop City Classic on Dec. 29-30 at the Corn Palace. DWU will play Peru State (Nebraska) on Dec. 29 and St. Mary (Kansas) on Dec. 30.

Dakota Wesleyan 92, Antelope Valley 91 (OT)

Antelope Valley: Chris Johnson 2-5 2-4 6, Miles Nolen-Webb 8-13 1-2 18, Jacob Mist 1-4 1-2 3, Christian Drayton 10-15 6-10 26, Hayden Hall 4-8 0-0 11, Karnal Holden 1-4 0-2 2, Deividas Mockaitis 1-1 0-0 2, Ezekiel Armstrong 1-3 0-0 2, Justin Snavely 2-3 0-0 4, Brandon Wade 1-4 2-3 4, Lenny Maugir 0-0 0-0 0, Kane Keil 3-9 4-6 13. Totals 34-69 16-29 91.

Dakota Wesleyan: Nick Harden 9-12 2-6 24, Collin Kramer 2-6 1-2 6, Aaron Ahmadu 1-3 2-2 4, Sam McCloud 1-4 0-0 3, Ty Hoglund 14-24 13-16 45, Noah Vettrus 0-1 0-0 0, Taner DenHoed 0-0 0-0 0, Mason Larson 0-1 0-0 0, Nate Davis 0-1 0-0 0, Cooper Williams 0-0 0-0 0, Tristan Teichmeier 1-5 3-5 5, Koln Oppold 2-4 0-0 5. Totals

Halftime: DWU 41-39. 3-point field goals: AV 7-26 (Johnson 0-2, Nolen-Webb 1-3, Hall 3-7, Holden 0-1, Armstrong 0-2, Snavely 0-1, Wade 0-2); DWU 11-27 (Harden 4-4, Kramer 1-3, Ahmadu 0-2, McCloud 1-4, Hoglund 4-11, Vettrus 0-1, Larson 0-1, Oppold 1-1). Rebounds: AV 41 (Drayton 11); DWU 36 (Teichmeier 11). Assists: AV 16 (Nolen-Webb 5); DWU 13 (Harden 6). Steals: AV 13 (Keil 5); DWU 9 (Harden 3). Blocked shots: AV 3 (Drayton 1, Mockaitis 1, Snavely 1); DWU 2 (Harden 1, McCloud 1). Turnovers: AV 19; DWU 20. Total fouls: AV 24; DWU 22.

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