MITCHELL – It wasn’t simple, however Dakota Wesleyan males’s basketball remained undefeated at residence.
The Tigers held off a second-half cost from Midland to defeat the Warriors 74-68 on the Corn Palace final Wednesday.
DWU led by 17 within the second half earlier than a 14-2 run by Midland (7-11, 1-9 Nice Plains Athletic Convention) tied the sport at 61 with 4:41 left, but it surely was a 13-7 run. of the Tigers helped them shut out the victory.
“It is really easy for faculty coaches, and I am considered one of them, that (if the crew) makes a mistake, (we) name timeout (after) they’ve solely scored a basket and spend the entire time chewing of our crew (out. ), “stated head coach Matt Wilber of what the conversations have been within the huddles of Midland’s return. “And that will likely be a part of it, however now we have to maneuver ahead and now we have to name a set and (have) everyone know the place we’re.”
Three totally different Tigers posted double-doubles, the place Diang Gatluak contributed 18 factors and 11 rebounds, whereas Koln Oppold had 17 factors and 10 rebounds and Blaze Lubbers contributed 13 factors and 10 rebounds. General, the Tigers dominated the glass all evening, outscoring Midland 49-33, together with a 10-4 edge on the offensive glass and a 39-29 benefit in defensive rebounding.
Jakob Dobney was the one different Tiger to attain, with 10 factors. All 5 Tigers starters put up double-digit factors and accounted for all of DWU’s factors, whereas D’Andre Dennis and Nick Wittler noticed motion off the bench.
“Once we’re within the sport, we’re attempting to win the sport,” Wilber stated. “My job is to win basketball video games, and the perfect feeling for us is to trip it out with (the starters) to get that win.”
DWU (9-8, 5-4 GPAC) began the sport scorching, opening the competition with an 11-0 run and holding the Warriors and not using a basket for the primary 5:52 earlier than Ryan Larsen obtained the Midland on board. Larsen completed the sport with 12 factors, whereas Dominic Humm posted a team-best 16 off the bench. Colton Uhing and Rece Kissinger additionally made double figures off the bench for Midland with 11 and 10, respectively.
DWU shot 40.6% as a crew from the ground and went 12-for-36 (33.3%), flattening 4 of its 10 3-point makes an attempt within the second half. Midland shot 40% from the sector and was held to 31.4% within the first half however shot 48.6% within the second half and hit seven of its 13 3-pointers (36.8%) within the second half.
On the free-throw line, Midland shot 1-for-5 and DWU 9-for-20, together with a 5-for-12 displaying within the remaining two minutes because the Warriors fouled to cease time.
“We have been 1-for-2 lots, and we have been fortunate to be 1-for-2 and never 0-for-2,” Wilber stated. “We have got the suitable guys there … and (if) we return there and hit all of them, it is a totally different ball sport.”
The Tigers are 4-0 at residence this season and can host Mount Marty on Sunday, January fifteenth for the following contest when DWU will retire Gordie Fosness’ quantity.
“(We) confirmed some resilience however we see what we are able to do,” Wilber stated. “Let’s hold bettering, let’s not let the 17 factors lead turn out to be nothing. … That takes expertise to … put the fuel pedal down and hold going offensively and defensively and never letting it go.”