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Martin's double-double not enough as Tigers fall to Tabor 104-102

Entering the final stretch on Saturday's contest, it didn't appear that Tabor College or Dakota Wesleyan University men's basketball teams were capable of missing.

Dakota Wesleyan University's Trae Vandeberg (13) drives past Tabor College's Lance Carter (1) at a college basketball game on Saturday at The Corn Palace in Mitchell. (Garrick Hodge/Republic)
Dakota Wesleyan University's Trae Vandeberg (13) drives past Tabor College's Lance Carter (1) at a college basketball game on Saturday at The Corn Palace in Mitchell. (Garrick Hodge/Republic)

Entering the final stretch on Saturday's contest, it didn't appear that Tabor College or Dakota Wesleyan University men's basketball teams were capable of missing.

In the end, Tabor (5-0) out-rebounded DWU 33-18 to secure enough second chance points to earn a 104-102 win.

DWU shot 57.6 percent from the floor, while Tabor shot 58.1 percent.

"That was a great game for offense, defensively, not so much," DWU head coach Matt Wilber said. "We just couldn't get stops down the stretch when we needed to. Tabor is a really great basketball team, and I have to give them credit. It'll be interesting to see how we rebound from a loss like this. When you win, it's easy to be in a good mental state, but we're really going to see what our guys are made of after this one."

Tabor guard D'Marco Smith was public enemy No. 1 for the Tigers, as Smith took smart shots all night, converting 8-of-11 and 5-of-5 from behind the arc for 28 points.

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"He took us out of our game plan," Wilber said. "We had a game plan, and he just destroyed it. He just couldn't miss."

Leading the way for the Tigers was point guard Tate Martin, who finished with his first double-double of the season with 29 points and 10 assists. Jade Miller contributed with 20 points and three assists, while Trae Bergh had 18 points and Trae Vandeberg had 16. Terell Newton also had 12 points and three rebounds.

"It was a frustrating one," Martin said. "It came down to coming out of the second half flat footed and not getting stops. We dug a hole that we couldn't get out of."

Tabor forward Lance Carter also posed matchup problems for DWU, notching a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds. He also dished out five assists.

"Oh my gosh, this game was unique in a lot of different ways," Tabor head coach Micah Ratzlaff said. "The level of talent that each team displayed was incredible. I'm sure they hope they shoot that way the rest of the year too. It felt like a heavyweight fight throughout.

"It was all offense tonight, they hit their threes, and we hit our free throws. To go on the road and beat a team like this is satisfying. We just found a way to get it done."

DWU was 17-of-34 from three-point range, while Tabor was 13-of-24. The Tigers were 17-of-26 from the free throw line, while Tabor was 19-of-25.

DWU (4-2) enters Great Plains Athletic Conference play at 8 p.m. on Wednesday against Briar Cliff (which was picked to win the GPAC in the preseason in the coaches poll) in Sioux City, Iowa.

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"We can hang our heads tonight, but we have to move on," Martin said. "We have a big one Wednesday night, so we have to come together and move on."

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