Doane Tops Mount Marty College
Doane picked up a 79-65 victory over Mount Marty College in Crete on Saturday afternoon. The Tigers shot 57.8 percent from the floor and 50 percent from behind the three-point arc. They also held a 33-21 rebounding edge.
Doane scored the game's first two points before Mount Marty's Pat Anderson hit a three-point basket to put the Lancers ahead. Mount Marty then held the lead for the next 13 minutes of play, building a lead of nine points. Brent Cole and Dane Cruz brought the Tigers back, scoring a combined 13 points to help Doane gain the lead. Cole's three-point basket with 4:07 remaining in the first half gave Doane the lead for good, 26-24.
"We made a great run late in the first half," said Doane head coach Ian Brown. "We were not playing very well but we got some defensive stops and easy baskets that got us into the flow of the game."
The Tigers took a 38-31 lead into halftime after a Cruz basket.
Mount Marty cut the lead to five points early in the second half before Doane strung together a 10-0 run to build their largest lead of the game, 50-35. Cruz had seven of the Tigers' 10 points during the run.
"We pounded it into the paint in the second half, something we did not do as well in the first," Brown commented. "We were able to get to the free throw line and were able to execute because we did not take quick shots."
Cole finished with a game-high 23 points on the afternoon. Cruz chipped in 20 points. Twelve different Tigers finished in the scoring column. Kolby Hamilton scored seven to lead the bench scoring.
"The key today was rebounding. We consistently limited (Mount Marty) to one shot attempt, something we had not done as well in the previous couple of games."
Five Tiger seniors saw action in the final regular-season home game. Cole, Todd Kraus, Taylor Siebert, Dane Edwards and Drew Denker will graduate this spring. Kraus scored six points and added two steals. Siebert added five points while Edwards and Denker pitched in two each.
Doane will host Concordia University at 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 20, in the first round of the GPAC Tournament. The winner will travel to Dakota Wesleyan University for a quarterfinal match on February 22.