Doane battled with Mount Marty early on but eventually found room to run midway through the first half as they built a seven point lead going into the intermission break. The Tigers continued to look for transition offense in the second half and came away with a 68-53 victory over the Lancers in Yankton, S.D., on Saturday afternoon.
The first half was controlled by Brent Cole. Cole went into the break scoring 18 points. He finished with a game-high 23. With the Lancers focused on Cole in the second half, Dane Cruz took over. Cruz rattled off 13 points in the second half and finished with 20 points for the game.
Taylor Siebert and Kolby Hamilton also provided a second half punch, scoring six points each. Wade Janssen had six points in the first half. Janssen finished the game with a game-high three assists.
For the game, the Tigers shot 52 percent (26-of-50) from the floor and 68.4 percent (13-of-19) from the free throw line.
Doane out-rebounded the Lancers 33-32, led by Cole's 11 rebounds.
Mt. Marty was led in scoring by Pat Anderson's nine point effort. Chris Filsinger and Alan Hough had five rebounds each to lead the Lancers.
The Tigers will host Midland Lutheran College on January 16 at 7:30 p.m. The Warriors are coming off an upset victory over No. 11 Dakota Wesleyan University, 68-58. MLC enters Tuesday's game with a 5-12 overall record but are 4-4 in the GPAC. They defeated the Tigers in November, 74-68. Doane will enter with a 12-6 record and 6-3 mark in the GPAC.