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Doane Tops Ashford in Opener

Brent Cole put on a show early and Dane Cruz provided the encore as the Tigers defeated Ashford University 94-81 in the season opener.

Cole scored 19 points in the first half and 12 of the team's first 14 points of the game as he ended with a game-high 30 points.  Cole was 11-for-18 from the floor and finished with six rebound, nine assists, and three steals.

Cruz, a transfer from Harper College (Ill.), scored 20 second half points to end with 22 points in his Tiger debut.  He was 7-for-11 from the floor and 4-of-5 from three-point range in the second half.

Ashford took a three point lead in the second half with 15:05 left.  Doane answered with back-to-back layups by Taylor Siebert and Wade Janssen to take a one point lead.  Cruz followed by scoring eight of the Tigers next 10 points as Doane took a nine point lead with 11:24 remaining.

Ashford battled back to regain the lead with 5:48 left on a Cash Bimm layup.  Bimm led Ashford with 19 points and 10 rebounds.

Doane tied the game a 73 when Ben Streck tipped in a missed shot attempt.  From there, the Tigers built their lead to finish with a 13 point victory.

The Tigers will be in action again on Saturday when they host Peru State College at 3:30 pm.  Hastings will play Ashford in the 1:30 game of the Tiger Classic. 

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