Tigers Top Hastings in Return to GPAC Play
The Tiger men's basketball team snapped a pair of three-game skids versus Hastings on Wednesday evening, topping the Broncos, 78-71. The win ended a three-game losing streak to Hastings and a three-game skid in games played at Hastings. The Tigers improved to 10-5 overall and 4-2 in the GPAC with the victory.
Doane controlled much of the first half, jumping out to a 6-0 lead on back-to-back three-point baskets from Nick Reed and Taylor Oltjenbruns. Hastings eventually battled back and took their only lead of the game, 11-10, with 13:45 remaining in the first half.
With 8:54 remaining in the half, Hastings hit a pair of free throws to tie the game at 17-all. From that point on, the Tigers went on a 23-8 run to close the half and take a 15-point lead into halftime. Doane hit four three-point baskets during the run, two from Jake Johnson and one apiece from Tyler Weatherholt and Joshua Riser.
In the second half, Hastings changed up their defense and went zone on the Tigers. Unlike in their exhibition game against the University of South Dakota, Doane struggled to get quick ball movement that led to uncontested shots.
Key for the Tigers in the second half was timely back-to-back scoring opportunities by individual players. With Hastings pulling within seven points to open the half, Johnson hit a three-pointer and a jumper to extend the lead back to 12. Later in the half, Riser hit on a pair of free throws followed by a jumper to extend a three-point advantage to a seven-point lead. Nick Reed hit a pair of shots with under three minutes remaining to make a six-point lead a nine-point game.
Hastings pulled within four points with 28 seconds remaining but Doane's defense did not allow another point while at the free throw line the Tigers converted 3-of-4 to close out the scoring.
For the game, Reed led the Tigers with 19 points and eight rebounds. Johnson added 17 points and six boards while Riser finished with 16 points, six rebounds, six assists and three steals. Tyler Weatherholt added eight points off the bench.
Hastings was led by Devon Manning's 22 points while Donovan Schultz finished with a double-double, 11 points and 11 rebounds.
Doane will host Dakota Wesleyan on Saturday at the Haddix Center with tip-off scheduled for 4:00 PM.