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Strong start carries DWU men to season sweep of Dakota State

Tigers snap four-game losing streak

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MADISON — A strong effort from Dakota Wesleyan University forward Koln Oppold helped the Tigers earn a road victory Saturday afternoon at Dakota State in a 67-57 win at the DSU Fieldhouse.

Oppold was 10-for-15 shooting with 27 points and six rebounds, including five 3-pointers in the victory. Ace Zorr had 17 points off the bench and Sawyer Schultz added 10 as the Tigers had a 12-point halftime lead that would swell to as many as 22 points with seven minutes to go in the game. A 15-2 run from the host Trojans in the final minutes got DSU to within seven points but DWU was able to close out the contest, snapping a four-game losing streak for the Tigers.

Schultz had six assists, while Jeffrey Schuch had seven points and seven rebounds. Starter Mason Larson had seven rebounds but was held scoreless for the second straight game.

In all, the Tigers made 46.2% of their shots from the field, were 9-for-20 on 3-pointers and made 14 of 18 free throws to earn a second victory over Dakota State since the start of the season. DWU won 74-52 on Oct. 27 at the Corn Palace.

Dakota State (2-7) picked up 18 points and seven rebounds from Jaxon Simons, while Maxwell Nielson had 17 points for DSU.

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DWU (3-4) gets back to Great Plains Athletic Conference play at 7:45 p.m. Tuesday against Mount Marty in Yankton. It will be DWU's sixth consecutive road game, with two more planned for the end of the week against Montana-based foes Rocky Mountain and Montana Western on Nov. 26 and 27 in Dickinson, N.D.

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An 8-0 run by DWU capped by a Koln Oppold go-ahead 3-pointer gave the Tigers the final edge, as the Red Raiders put up just two points over the final 4 1/2 minutes of play.
The Tigers never trailed for the second game in a row, pulling ahead by as many as 18 points in the third quarter on the way to a road GPAC win.
"I think he truly felt like you were going to be rewarded for doing the right things," Washington coach Kalen DeBoer said of the legendary late Cougar football coach.