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Tigers run past Mustangs: DWU men coast to non-conference victory

The No. 17 Dakota Wesleyan University men's basketball team began a four-game homestand with an offensive explosion. The Tigers, who have three home games this week, took care of Sisseton-Wahpeton College 127-78 on Monday at the Corn Palace. Comi...

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Dakota Wesleyan University's Mason Larson (15) puts down a dunk in front of Sisseton-Wahpeton College's Damian White (35), Shermar Chambers (21) and Will Dawson (2) after the assist from teammate Ty Hoglund on Monday at the Corn Palace. (Matt Gade / Republic)

The No. 17 Dakota Wesleyan University men's basketball team began a four-game homestand with an offensive explosion.

The Tigers, who have three home games this week, took care of Sisseton-Wahpeton College 127-78 on Monday at the Corn Palace. Coming off an overtime win on Saturday at Midland University, DWU (6-0) had little trouble with the Mustangs and scored the most points since dropping 128 exactly two years ago against Oglala Lakota College.

Nick Harden tossed in 22 points, while Ty Hoglund netted 17 points to power the balanced scoring attack.

"We came out ready to play right away," DWU coach Matt Wilber said. "Our frontline guards were ready to go. Ty and Nick were ready to go and they set the tone for us."

Harden canned a 3-pointer 10 seconds into the game, Hoglund threw down a dunk on the next possession and the Tigers never looked back. The Tigers led 62-34 at halftime.

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"It was big to kind of come out and get something going off the jump," DWU reserve Tristan Teichmeier said. "We don't take anybody for granted. So getting a good start and making sure we have all of our rotation in and executing the plays, executing on defense and everything, that's the most important thing as far as getting out there."

Teichmeier was the first sub off the bench and he was efficient in 12 minutes of action. He posted 13 points and six rebounds. The University of Sioux Falls transfer shot 3-for-4 from the field and 7-for-7 from the free-throw line.

"I am really starting to embrace what I need to do for this program and it's starting to get exciting," Teichmeier said.

Some other newcomers also continued to make strides on Monday. Koln Oppold netted eight points, while fellow true freshman Mason Larson registered six points and three rebounds. The springy 6-foot-7 Larson also threw down two emphatic jams.

"Both of them have showed signs for us, especially in practice and Koln more so in the games than Mason," Wilber said. "Mason got more comfortable (Monday). He's got to keep moving that way because as we play, there's going to be games we have to stretch our bench out and we can count on those guys, but they just have to get more experience out there."

In total, all 15 players saw action for the Tigers. Taner DenHoed added 11 points, while Jeffrey Schuch and Tyus Arends both added nine points apiece. Ace Zorr collected a team-high seven rebounds in 11 minutes.

"We got a lot of guys that deserve to play, too," Wilber said. "I was impressed with some guys and when they got out there."

Up next, the Tigers will continue their homestand on Wednesday at 8 p.m. against Dordt College at the Corn Palace.

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Dakota Wesleyan 127, Sisseton-Wahpeton 78

Sisseton-Wahpeton: D Laino Paige 3-15 2-5 10, Jamerick Moton 2-5 2-2 7, Shermar Chambers 3-7 3-4 9, Malik Norfleet 4-8 3-4 11, Damian White 5-7 0-2 13, Will Dawson Jr., 1-3 2-2 4, Ishmaaeel Muhammad 1-6 2-4 4, Brentyn McKinney 1-1 1-2 3, Hemminger 0-1 0-0 0, Elwood Tomlinson Jr., 7-12 1-2 17, Marone 0-0 0-1 0. Totals 27-65 16-28 78.

Dakota Wesleyan (6-0): Nick Harden 7-8 7-9 22, Collin Kramer 2-6 0-0 4, Aaron Ahmadu 2-2 0-0 5, Sam McCloud 3-4 0-0 9, Ty Hoglund 8-9 0-1 17, Koln Oppold 3-6 1-2 8, Tristan Teichmeier 3-4 7-7 13, Cooper Williams 1-2 3-4 5, Taner DenHoed 3-6 3-3 11, Noah Vettrus 2-4 1-1 6, Jeffrey Schuch 4-5 0-0 9, Mason Larson 3-7 0-1 6, Zachery Treiber 0-1 0-0 0, Tyus Arends 3-4 0-1 9, Ace Zorr 1-3 1-2 3. Totals 45-71 23-31 127.

Halftime: DWU 62-34. 3-point field goals: SW 8-22 (Paige 2-8, Morton 1-3, Chambers 0-1, White 3-5, Dawson Jr., 0-1, Muhammad 0-2, Tomlinson Jr., 2-2); DWU 14-31 (Harden 1-2, Kramer 0-2, Ahmadu 1-1, McCloud 3-4, Hoglund 1-1, Oppold 1-3, Williams 0-1, DenHoed 2-4, Vettrus 1-2, Schuch 1-2, Larson 0-3, Treiber 0-1, Arends 3-4, Zorr 0-1). Rebounds: SW 28 (Paige 7); DWU 41 (Zorr 7). Assists: SW 7 (Paige 3); DWU 22 (Harden 5). Steals: SW 7 (Muhammad 3); DWU 11 (Kramer 2, Hoglund 2, Vettrus 2). Blocked shots: SW 1 (Moton 1); DWU 2 (Hoglund 1, Larson 1). Turnovers: SW 17; DWU 11. Total fouls: SW 23; DWU 19. A: 917.

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