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Tiger men fall at the horn in second round of nationals

POINT LOOKOUT, Mo.--The Dakota Wesleyan University men's basketball had a chance to advance to the NAIA Division II men's basketball national tournament quarterfinals, but couldn't hit a last-second shot.

Dakota Wesleyan's Trae Bergh (5) reacts to falling to the York College Panthers 78-77 during the second round of the NAIA Division II men's national tournament on Friday night in the Keeter Gymnasium on the campus of the College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, MO. (Matt Gade/Republic)
Dakota Wesleyan's Trae Bergh (5) reacts to falling to the York College Panthers 78-77 during the second round of the NAIA Division II men's national tournament on Friday night in the Keeter Gymnasium on the campus of the College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, MO. (Matt Gade/Republic)

POINT LOOKOUT, Mo.-The Dakota Wesleyan University men's basketball had a chance to advance to the NAIA Division II men's basketball national tournament quarterfinals, but couldn't hit a last-second shot.

The Tigers were eliminated from the single-elimination tournament by York College (Neb.) 78-77 on Friday in Point Lookout, Missouri.

DWU had the ball on the final possession with 10.4 seconds remaining, setting up for a final shot. Senior guard Trae Bergh couldn't get a good look at the basket, and dished a pass to Jade Miller for a shot with one second left, but it fell short.

Bergh finished his final collegiate game as the leading scorer for DWU with 30 points, while Miller had 25. Tate Martin chipped in with 10 points.

Johnny Cooksey led York with 18 points, while Cameron Coleman had 16 points and Michael Johnson had 15.

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York will face Indiana Wesleyan at 7 p.m. today in the quarterfinals.

The first half saw the Tigers and Panthers experience sluggish spurts offensively, as DWU committed eight turnovers in the half and York was 0-of-10 from 3-point range in the first half.

The Panthers fared better in the second half from long range, converting four long-range shots.

DWU shot 37.93 percent in the contest, while York shot 42.11 percent. The Tigers won the rebounding battle 38-36.

DWU ends its season at 23-11.

Dakota Wesleyan's Jade Miller (12) fights his way to the basket between York College's Marcus Price (24) and York College's Terrence Cole (4) during the second round of the NAIA Division II men's national tournament on Friday night in the Keeter Gymnasium on the campus of the College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, MO. (Matt Gade/Republic)
Dakota Wesleyan's Jade Miller (12) fights his way to the basket between York College's Marcus Price (24) and York College's Terrence Cole (4) during the second round of the NAIA Division II men's national tournament on Friday night in the Keeter Gymnasium on the campus of the College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, MO. (Matt Gade/Republic)

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