Doane Falls to DWU in Two Overtimes

Doane and Dakota Wesleyan fought in yet another epic "Battle of the Tigers" on Saturday afternoon.  Both teams shot well in the first half but struggled in the second half.  When regulation was done, the two teams were headed to not just one but two overtimes.  DWU shot 53.3 percent in the extra 10 minutes compared to Doane's 35.7 percent.  DWU won the game 103-93.

Doane used hot shooting to jump out to a nine point lead early in the game but DWU rallied to take the lead into halftime, 43-40.  The second half was a battle as the two teams exchanged leads on eight occasions and the game was tied on five other occasions.  Doane trailed by three points with a minute left when Cody Fitzgerald hit a three-point basket.  Tyler Cyboron answered with a three-point basket of his own to eventually send the game into overtime.

In the first extra period, Dakota Wesleyan scored the first seven points to take an 83-76 lead.  Doane rallied with a 9-2 run to tie the game and eventually took the lead on a Kolby Hamilton lay-up.  With 14 seconds remaining, Dane Cruz was fouled and hit a pair of free throws to put Doane ahead by three points.  Fitzgerald answered the call, knocking down a three-pointer with six seconds remaining to send the game to a second overtime.

In the final overtime, DWU out-scored Doane 14-4 to pull away for the victory.  DWU was led in scoring on the evening by Fitzgerald's 34 points.  Preston Broughton added 24 points and 13 rebounds.

Doane was led by Dane Cruz and his 33 points.  Scott Neuhalfen added 15 points off the bench.  Cyboron and Ben Streck posted 11 points each.  Streck had a team-high seven rebounds.

Up Next
Doane will travel to Fremont on Tuesday, December 4, to take on Midland Lutheran College at 7:30 PM.  The game can be heard on the Tiger Sports Network.  There is a possibility that this game will be a men's/women's doubleheader on Wednesday, December 5, due to a rescheduling on MLC's part.  If there is a change, it will be available on the men's basketball schedule page of the Doane web site.

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