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Hastings College, ranked No. 21 in the latest NAIA poll, used hot shooting and consistency at the free throw line to come away with an 80-70 victory over Doane College on Wednesday evening in Hastings. The Broncos shot 51.9 percent for the game and hit on 20-of-23 free throw attempts.
Doane jumped out to a quick start as Taylor Siebert connected on his first three shot attempts, all from behind the three-point line. However, Hastings took advantage of their height, feeding 6-11 Bobby Kempf the ball in the paint. He scored six of the Broncos points in the opening three minutes of play.
The two teams battled back and forth through the first half with Hastings holding a slim lead throughout. The Broncos took a 33-27 lead into halftime.
After Hastings opened the second half with a basket, Doane went on an 8-0 run to tie the game at 35 all. Todd Kraus converted a lay-up and three-point basket and Siebert hit a three-pointer to tie the game.
The Broncos answered with an 8-1 run of their own to put the lead back to seven. Doane again responded with back-to-back three-pointers from Brent Cole and Kraus. Mike Snyder scored on a lay-up to put Hastings up three but Cole came down to hit his second straight three-point attempt to tie the game at 45.
After a defensive stop, the Tigers caught Hastings in transition and found Kraus open for another three-point basket to put Doane up three, their first lead since the 12:33 mark in the first half.
The two teams continued to battle, Hastings took the lead only to see Doane tie the game on two more occasions.
With the scored tied 52-52, the Broncos hit back-to-back three-pointers to open a six point lead. The next time down the court for the Tigers, Dane Cruz responded with a three-point basket to cut the lead in half.
After Doane was able to pull within two points with 7:41 remaining, the Broncos used a couple of mini-runs to eventually open up a double-digit lead. The Tigers were forced to foul late but the Broncos sealed the game from the charity stripe.
On the evening, Doane was paced with four starters in double-figures in the scoring column. Cole scored 18 points, going 7-of-10 from the free throw line. Cruz scored 16 as he was 7-of-10 from the floor. Kraus and Siebert had 12 points each. Kraus led the way in rebounds with six and steals with two. Cole and Wade Janssen had five assists each.
Hastings was led by GPAC Player-of-the-Week Krae Dutoit's 24 points and four assists. Dutoit was 12-of-13 from the free throw line and hit several key shots as the Broncos pulled away. Kempf added 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting. Cory Fehringer led the team with nine rebounds.