Doane Snaps Skid with Win over Prairie Wolves
Nebraska Wesleyan jumped out to a 7-2 lead early but it was not enough as Doane rallied for a 72-62 victory over the Prairie Wolves while snapping a three-game losing streak. Doane improved to 13-9 overall and 7-6 in the GPAC while Nebraska Wesleyan, suffering their sixth consecutive set back, fell to 5-16 overall and 2-12 in the conference.
The Tigers were paced in the first half by Jack Lind. Lind collected 12 points and seven rebounds in the first 20 minutes of play. Doane and Nebraska Wesleyan were tied at 34 all at the halftime break.
The second half was controlled throughout by the Tigers. Lind started the second half by drawing a foul and converting two free throws. After a missed jumper by NWU, Brent Cole scored on a lay-up. A steal and basket by Todd Kraus put the Tigers up six, 40-34, in the first 1:37 of the second period.
Doane was able to build a lead of nine points with 12:59 remaining when Cole converted a lay-up on an inbounds pass by Dane Cruz and was fouled. The free throw by Cole put Doane ahead 51-42.
Nebraska Wesleyan continued to battle and was able to tie the game at 56-56 with 7:06 remaining in the half. Doane didn't waste any time regaining the lead for good when Kolby Hamilton hit Wade Janssen cutting to the basket for a lay-up. After a missed shot by the Prairie Wolves, the duo connected again to put the Tigers up 60-56.
The Tigers sealed the game from the free throw line, finishing the game 22-of-26 (84.6 percent).
Leading the way in scoring for Doane was Cole. He finished with a game-high 27 points on 9-of-14 shooting from the floor and 9-of-10 from the free throw line. Cole moved into 10th all-time on the Doane scoring charts as he now stands at 1,679 career points. Cruz added 15 points, 10 in the second half. He also posted a game-high six assists and four steals. Lind contributed his second double-double of the season with 14 points and a game-high 10 rebounds.
Nebraska Wesleyan was led by Marcus Minzel's 13 points. Brandon Arp had a team best six rebounds.
Doane out-rebounded the Prairie Wolves 29-27. The Tigers shot 50 percent from the floor (24-of-48) while NWU shot 48.1 percent (25-of-52).
Doane travels to Dordt College on Saturday to take on the Defenders at 4:00 p.m.