Cole's 39 Points Carry Doane
Doane picked up a key victory over Hastings College this evening in an attempt to secure home-court advantage for at least one GPAC tournament game. The Tigers 78-67 win kept the Tigers in a tie for seventh place in the conference and inched them closer to a higher seed. The victory also gave Doane a two-game advantage in the loss column over Dana College and Briar Cliff University.
Headlining the show was Brent Cole, who finished with a career-high 39 points. Cole was 13-of-22 from the floor and 6-of-8 from behind the three-point arc. He also converted 7-of-9 free throw attempts.
Getting Cole the ball were guards Wade Janssen and Dane Cruz. Each finished with five assists. They also picked up some of the scoring as Janssen ended with nine points and Cruz with eight.
Todd Kraus was a factor defensively, disrupting the Bronco offense with steals or deflected passes. He also came away with a team-high seven rebounds.
Jack Lind and Kolby Hamilton also put together a strong defensive force in the middle of the paint, holding Hastings' leading scorer Bobby Kempf six points below his season average of 14 points. Hamilton finished with two blocks on the night.
Doane trailed for all but 23 seconds of the first half. Hastings took a four point lead into halftime, 35-31, after Michael Etzelmiller connected on a shot from beyond half-court.
Doane used a 15-0 run four minutes into the second half, carrying them from a four point deficit to an 11 point lead with 11:20 remaining. The Broncos were able to close the gap to five, 65-60, but Doane put together a 7-0 run to seal the victory.
Doane improved to 14-10 overall and 8-7 in the GPAC while Hastings fell to 16-11 overall and 9-7 in the GPAC. The Tigers shot 47.3 percent from the floor, including 51.9 percent in the second half. Hastings shot 44.3 percent for the game. The Broncos committed 14 turnovers compared to Doane's eight. Doane committed two turnovers in the second half.
Doane travels to Dakota Wesleyan University for a game on Sunday while the Broncos host Concordia University on Saturday.