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Late defensive stops helps DWU grind out 67-65 win over DSU

Trae Bergh wouldn't let the Dakota Wesleyan University men's basketball team extend its losing streak. The senior point guard willed his team to a 67-65 victory over Dakota State University, making 11-of-22 shots for 29 points on Saturday at the ...

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Dakota Wesleyan University's Jade Miller (12) goes up for a layup while drawing contact during a contest on Saturday at the Corn Palace in Mitchell. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Trae Bergh wouldn't let the Dakota Wesleyan University men's basketball team extend its losing streak.

The senior point guard willed his team to a 67-65 victory over Dakota State University, making 11-of-22 shots for 29 points on Saturday at the Corn Palace in Mitchell.

"Losing isn't fun," Bergh said. "We knew this was a must-win for us. We're at a critical point in our season going forward, and down the stretch, I tried to approach it with that attitude."

Three days after falling to Northwestern College (Iowa) 102-96, the Tigers rebounded by making several defensive stops and buckets down the stretch to escape with the victory.

Once trailing by nine points with 10 minutes remaining in the contest, the Tigers were

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behind 65-60 with 2:09 remaining.

The Tigers took a 66-65 lead on a Tate Martin basket with a minute remaining, capitalizing on missed Trojan baskets to spark a 6-0 run.

The Tigers then made three straight stops to seal the victory.

"Getting defensive stops was the reason we were able to come back and win this," DWU head coach Matt Wilber said. "That's what I want us to buy into. Once we start getting defensive stops, shots go in. For a team that gave up 102 points last week, to hold a team to 65, we played great defense."

In addition to Bergh's 29 points, Jade Miller finished with 15 points and nine rebounds while Martin had 10 points and eight assists in the win. The Tigers shot 40 percent from the floor and grabbed 36 rebounds.

"It came down to a lot of plays being made by Trae Bergh," Wilber said. "Their offense was beating us up and they were getting what they wanted. It came down to making a couple of plays and a couple of stops that I think were fortunate to go our way."

Meanwhile, Ian Barse led the Trojans with 19 points, while Kyle Kilgore finished with 14 points.

"They made shots down the stretch, and we didn't," DSU head coach Gary Garner said. "We had some pretty good looks the last couple plays, and we missed them. They didn't. That's the way it is."

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The Tigers (13-6) take on Morningside College at 8 p.m. on Wednesday at the Corn Palace in Mitchell.

"It's a huge GPAC game for us, and we've always struggled with Morningside," Bergh said. "We won't have any worries about getting ready for that one."

Dakota State 65 (6-11)

Brendon Boomsma 3-6 3-3 11 Adam Hofer 2-7 0-0 4 Kyle Kilgore 4-10 6-6 14 Ian Barse 6-15 2-2 19 Derek Meger 2-6 0-0 4 Nathaniel Rauen 0-0 0-0 0 Tanner Heiser 4-10 0-0 11 Taylor Zirbel 1-3 0-1 2 Justin Folkers 0-0 0-0 0 TOTALS 22-57 11-12 65

Dakota Wesleyan 67 (13-6)

Trae Bergh 11-22 3-5 29 Terrell Newton 2-6 0-0 4 Tate Martin 3-7 3-4 10 Jade Miller 6-16 1-1 15 Brady Wohler 2-6 0-1 4 Trae Vandeberg 2-6 0-0 5 Jon Harmening 0-0 0-0 0 Kellen Barden 0-0 0-0 0 Jason Spicer 0-0 0-0 0 TOTALS 26-65 7-11 67

Halftime score: DSU led 30-29: 3-point goals: DSU 10-24 (Boomsma 2, Barse 5, Heiser 3), DWU 8-31 (Bergh 4, Martin 1, Miller 2, Vandeberg 1); Rebounds: DSU 34 (Meger 9, Barse 9), DWU 36 (Miller 9, Newton 9); Assists: DSU 12 (Hofer 2, Kilgore 2, Meger 2, Zirbel 2, Heiser 2), DWU 15 (Martin 8); Turnovers: DSU 12, DWU 9; Total fouls: DSU 16, DWU 14

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