Tigers Tripped Up at Midland
The Doane men's basketball team suffered a loss Tuesday night, falling to Midland University, 89-71. The loss was the Tigers' second straight loss after losing to Mount Marty on Saturday afternoon. The Tigers are now 7-10 in the GPAC while Midland sits at 3-14.
The game was close throughout the first half, with five ties, the last one coming at the 12-minute mark after a jumper by Nick Reed tied the game at 18-all. The Warriors started pulling away with the help of Marcus Messersmith, who chipped in the next five points. The Tigers pulled within a point, 29-28, after a jumper by Trent Schlautman with five minutes left in the first half. The Warriors went up 37-30 on a 3-pointer by A.J. Gordon with 30 seconds left to play. Nick Reed brought the first half to a close on a jumper, putting the Tigers in the locker room down 37-32.
The second half didn't go as the Tigers would have liked as the Warriors extended their lead early on. Doane got within nine, after back to back 3-pointers by Taylor Oltjenbruns. The Tigers couldn't get any closer as Midland shot 67-percent from the field in the second half.
Nick Reed led the Tigers in scoring with 14 points and also added eight rebounds. Joshua Riser and Taylor Oltjenbruns were also in double figures for Doane, both chipping in 13 points apiece. Riser led all players in assists, dishing out eight. Oltjenbruns had a game-high five steals.
Alex Knobbe led all scorers, pacing Midland 19 points. Zach Rosenboom and Marcus Messersmith were not far behind with 18 and 17, respectively. Rosenboom also led all rebounders, ripping down 13 as the Warriors won the battle on the boards 45-30.
Doane will travel to Sioux Center, Iowa, on Saturday, February 19, to play Dordt College at 4:00 PM.