Doane Wins with Free Throws at Concordia

Doane took advantage at the free throw line and came from behind to defeat Concordia in overtime 87-84 in Seward.  Doane shot 75 percent for the game from the charity stripe while the Bulldogs struggled and posted a 45 percent conversion rate.  Doane, receiving votes in the latest NAIA poll, improved to 9-3 overall and 3-1 in the GPAC.  Concordia fell to 1-8 overall and 0-4 in the conference.

The two teams went through a feel out process as they were scoreless in the first 3:31 of play.  Jack Lind broke the scoreless tie with a free throw.

Over the next five minutes of play, Doane built an 11-5 lead as Todd Kraus and Taylor Siebert hit three-point baskets.

Concordia responded with a 14-2 run as they took a 19-13 lead with 7:41 remaining. 

The two teams exchanged points the rest of the half.  Doane was able to pull within one point at 32-31 with 1:46 remaining but Concordia hit back-to-back three-point baskets to build a seven point lead going into halftime.  Concordia led 38-31 at intermission.

The Tigers opened the second half with an 11-4 run and tied the game 42-42.

The game again went back and forth and after the Bulldogs took a five point lead at 55-50 with 12:12 remaining, Doane went on a four point run of their own to make the score 55-54.

Concordia responded once again with back-to-back three-point baskets to take a seven point (61-54) lead with 9:12 left.

Doane was able to battle back once again and tied the score at 73-73 with 3:23 remaining in the second period.  But Concordia used a three-point basket from Austin Thoms to regain the lead 76-73.

Doane picked up a layup from Ben Streck to make the score 76-75 and after a Concordia turnover, Brent Cole followed up a missed shot with a put back and gave the Tigers a 77-76 lead.

However, Doane was called for a foul on the Bulldogs' next possession and Jon Ziegler hit 1-of-2 free throw attempts.

Cole was fouled on the next Doane possession and also went 1-of-2 from the free throw line and gave Doane a 78-77 lead with 53 seconds remaining in the second half.

The Tigers were able to force a Concordia turnover on the Bulldogs' next possession but after running off 24 seconds of game clock, Doane turned the ball over and subsequently fouled.

Alex Michel hit his second free throw attempt to tie the game 78-78.  Doane was unable to convert on either shot attempt in the final 16 seconds and the game went into overtime.

Concordia scored first in the overtime period on a Jon Ziegler fast break layup.  The Tigers came back to tie the game at 80 points each on a Dane Cruz layup.

Ziegler again put Concordia in front but hitting 1-of-2 free throw attempts.

Taylor Siebert gave Doane the lead for the final time with 1:36 remaining when he hit a jump shot to put the Tigers in front 82-81.

After a missed Bulldog shot attempt, Doane missed a three-point shot attempt but Wade Janssen picked up the offensive rebound.  He was fouled and had two free throw attempts but was unable to convert either attempt and Doane was called for a foul on the rebound opportunity following the second attempt.

Concordia was unable to answer as Scott Hannon missed a pair of free throw attempts and Doane was able to hold onto the ball until Concordia fouled Todd Kraus.

Kraus converted both free throw attempts to put Doane up 84-81.  After a missed Bulldog layup, Doane picked up the rebound and Kraus was fouled once again and he put Doane ahead 86-81 with eight seconds remaining.

On the Bulldogs' next possession, Doane's Brett McFarland was called for a foul on a three-point attempt by Austin Thoms.  Thoms made all three free throw attempts to pull within two points.

After a Concordia foul with three second left, Taylor Siebert hit 1-of-2 attempts at the free throw line and Concordia was not able to get a good look at the basket as Doane held on for an 87-84 win.

The Tiger offense was led by Brent Cole's 32 point effort.  He added 14 rebounds for the double-double.  Siebert added 14 points and was 3-of-5 from behind the three-point arc.  Kolby Hamilton added 13 points off the bench.

Concordia was paced by Jon Ziegler's 31 points and 14 rebounds.

Doane will host Northwestern College on Saturday, December 9, in Crete with tip-off scheduled for 4:00 pm.

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