Doane Wins Thrilling Opener
Doane College battled back from a 12-point second half deficit to defeat Iowa Wesleyan University 84-81 in men's basketball action on Friday evening. The Tigers rallied to take their first lead since the first half when Dane Cruz hit a jumper with 1:41 remaining in the game. Cruz wasn't done as he followed up with a jumper with 54 seconds remaining to take a three-point lead. Iowa Wesleyan was able to pull within a point after Cruz missed a pair of free throws on a Max Stambaugh lay-up.
Tyler Cyboron received the inbounds pass after an IWU timeout and converted both free throws to put the Tigers ahead by three once again. Iowa Wesleyan came down court and Brett Humpal knocked down a three-pointer to tie the game at 81 with six seconds remaining. Cruz took the inbounds pass, dribbling the distance of the court against IWU defenders. He lost the ball momentarily but regained control in time to pull up and knock down his second three-point basket of the game, this time a game-winner with 0.4 seconds left. Brett McFarland stole the long inbounds pass to seal the victory.
Cruz finished with 19 points and nine assists for the Tigers. Sophomore transfer Scott Neuhalfen was on fire from behind the arc, hitting 5-of-6 three-point baskets and finishing with a game-high 22 points. McFarland added 14 points and Cyboron notched 10.
Iowa Wesleyan was led by Max Stambaugh and Brett Humpal. Both players scored 19 points. Josh Hogue had 14 points on 4-of-4 shooting from behind the arc.
Doane held a slight edge in the rebound column, 33-31. Doane had 19 offensive rebounds. Iowa Wesleyan shot 56.5 percent from the floor, 52.2 percent from behind the arc and 89.5 percent from the free throw line. Doane shot 45.6 percent from the floor, 47.8 percent from the three-point line and 47.8 percent at the charity stripe.
Doane will travel to Oklahoma to take on Southern Nazarene University on November 9.