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Warriors edge Tigers for first loss

FOREST CITY, Iowa -- A tightly contested affair between Dakota Wesleyan University's men's basketball team and Waldorf College went the way of the Warriors on Tuesday night, dealing the Tigers their first loss of the 2015-16 season.

FOREST CITY, Iowa - A tightly contested affair between Dakota Wesleyan University's men's basketball team and Waldorf College went the way of the Warriors on Tuesday night, dealing the Tigers their first loss of the 2015-16 season.

Waldorf broke a 78-78 tie with just more than three minutes left to pull away with a 86-79 victory over No. 24-ranked DWU in Forest City, Iowa.

After shooting 7-for-16 from three-point territory in the first half and building a 45-41 lead at the halftime break, the Tigers found less success from the floor, shooting less than 37 percent and making 3-of-16 three-point attempts in the second half. DWU coach Matt Wilber said it was a game that was decided by just a few plays.

"It was one of those games where we were in a position a lot to take control of the game or to win it," he said. "It's one play or two that goes a different direction and we're talking about a different ball game."

Jade Miller led the Tigers in scoring with 21 points and added eight rebounds while Trae Bergh had 13 points and nine rebounds for DWU (2-1). Trae Vandeberg had 16 points, including four first half three-pointers and four rebounds.

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In the final 3:06 of the game, the Tigers would not make another field goal. Erik Brewer hit six free throws down the stretch for the Warriors closed out Wesleyan's first loss of the season. Waldorf (1-0) was led by the game-high 24 points from Brewer. Kaimen Slay had 13 points.

"I thought we did a good job offensively and I liked the shots we got," Wilber said. "It's early in the year and we've got a bunch of guys that are still trying to learn about each other and playing with each other. We've got guys that can play and that's what makes it hard to walk out of there without a win."

DWU is back on the hardwood on Thursday at South Dakota State in an exhibition contest with the Jackrabbits. The tip-off is set for 8:30 p.m. in Brookings and will be the fourth game in the first seven days of the season for the Tigers.

"I think our guys will be looking forward to it," Wilber said. It's a great venue for our guys to be playing in. All of our guys have a lot of respect for those guys. To be honest, because it's an exhibition game, the number one goal will be to stay healthy and see where things go from there."

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