Tigers hold off Mount Marty on the road: Larson scores career-high 29 points

The DWU men's basketball team won its ninth straight contest.

Dakota Wesleyan's Mason Larson shoots over the outstretched arm of Mount Marty's Luke Ronsiek during their Great Plains Athletic Conference men's basketball game on Saturday at Yankton's Laddie E. Cimpl Arena. (James Cimburek / Yankton P&D)

YANKTON -- Mason Larson’s career night guided the Dakota Wesleyan University men’s basketball team on Saturday.

Larson erupted for 29 points on 10-for-23 shooting and 4-for-7 3-point shooting during the Tigers’ 78-66 win over Mount Marty. He also grabbed seven rebounds in DWU’s ninth straight win.

DWU led 46-30 at halftime, with Larson scoring 23 of its points at the break. It shot 38.7 percent from the field as a team and made 6-for-22 3-pointers, as its lead grew to as many as 19 points on Saturday.

Mount Marty cut the deficit to four points, 52-48, with 11:20 to play, but the Tigers’ defense continued to hold the Lancers’ offense in check. They shot just 37.1 percent and 4-for-28 from deep, as Jailen Billings scored 27 points. Elijah Pappas added 11 points and 15 rebounds, but needed 14 shots to get there.

Koln Oppold had a 12-point, 14-rebound double-double for DWU, which also featured seven assists. Jeffrey Schuch added 11 points and five rebounds, as well.


DWU (9-1, 6-0 GPAC) plays No. 7 Morningside at 8 p.m. Saturday in Sioux City, Iowa.

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