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Doane hung in tough with the 14th-ranked Dakota Wesleyan squad but in the end, a hot shooting DWU team and an extra 24 free throw attempts were the difference.
Dakota Wesleyan led from the start and built a 7-0 lead before the Tigers were able to get on the board with a jumper from Zach Moult. Doane was able to cut the lead to three-point on a couple of occasions but in the middle stages of the game, DWU used an 8-0 run to build an 11 point lead. Two key stats in the first half were points off turnovers and fast break points. DWU held the advantage in both, 12-3 and 8-0, respectively.
In the second half, Dakota Wesleyan's lead hovered in double digits most of the way with DWU leading by 17 points with nine minute remaining. Doane battled back, using a 15-4 run over five minutes to cut the lead to six points with 3:51 left in the game. DWU closed the game by out-scoring the Tigers, 10-4.
Tyler Cyboron led the Tigers with 18 points, hitting 7-of-14 shot attempts. Zach Moult finished with 16 points and seven rebounds for Doane. Brett McFarland led the team with four assists and three steals.
DWU was paced by Brady Wiebe's 22 points and Preston Broughton's 21 points and 11 rebounds.