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Doane Wins in Lincoln, First Since 2007-08

Doane Wins in Lincoln, First Since 2007-08

The Tiger men's basketball team bounced back from a recent loss and topped rival Nebraska Wesleyan in Lincoln on Saturday, 65-53. It marked the Tigers' first win in Lincoln since an overtime victory during the 2007-08 season.

The Prairie Wolves won the battle in the paint, 40-16, but the Tigers took advantage of the outside game, out-scoring NWU 30-9 from behind the arc.

Doane only trailed one time during the game and that was with 18:59 remaining in the first half when Eric Jackson hit a three-pointer to give NWU a 3-2 advantage. Doane responded with a three-point basket from Jake Johnson a minute later to retake the lead for good.

Nebraska Wesleyan hung close in the first half with the Tigers building a ten-point lead with 4:28 remaining following a three-pointer from Nick Reed. NWU closed the gap just before halftime on a pair of free throws and a lay-up as Doane led 30-24 at the break.

Doane extended the lead to ten points on two occasions following three-point baskets, once from Elliott Mencl and the other from Joshua Riser. The Tigers finally broke over the 10-point advantage with 2:16 remaining on a lay-up by Taylor Oltjenbruns that gave Doane a 62-51 lead.

The lone downside for the Tigers in the closing minutes was a 3-of-6 performance at the free throw line.

Reed led the Tigers with a game-high 18 points and five rebounds. He was 7-of-8 from the floor and went 2-of-3 from behind the arc. Riser finished with 12 points and a game-high five assists. Johnson added eight points and a game-high three steals.

Nebraska Wesleyan received 12 points from Nick Dinan and 10 from Bryce Arp. Brett Potter had a game-high seven rebounds, four on the offensive end.

Doane was held to 41.1-percent from the floor compared to 47.1-percent for the Prairie Wolves. However, Doane forced 17 turnovers while only committing five on their side. The Tigers held a 17-4 advantage in points off of turnovers.

The Tigers will head to Indianapolis for their next set of games, playing at the Marian College Tournament.

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Posted by Rick Schmuecker on 12/11/2010 9:00:00 PM