Release Courtesy of Nebraska Wesleyan Athletics
17th-ranked Hastings College scored the first five points of overtime and built up a nine point advantage then held on to spoil Nebraska Wesleyan's upset bid in a 96-93 overtime victory in GPAC men's basketball at Snyder Arena.
Trevor Johnson hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer in regulation to send the game to overtime. It was Johnson's first 3-point attempt of the season and his first make in three years.
NWU led by as many as 13 points early in the second half as Eric Jackson hit a 3-pointer to put them up 54-41 with 17:47 remaining. They held a 12 point lead with 13 minutes left before Hastings made their run.
During a stretch of just over two minutes, the Broncos turned an 11-point lead down to just two points with 10:43 left. They finally tied the game with 8:24 to play and took their first lead of the second half with 5:03 remaining on a layup by Brett Wells.
A basket by Jake Hamburger put Hastings up 78-76 with 2:35 to play. Neither team would score a point for the next two minutes leaving under 10 seconds remaining. Trey Bardsley drove the lane and his layup went in and out. Hamburger was sent to the line and went 1-2 from the line giving NWU one last shot.
Inbounding the ball from the side, Johnson took the pass and leaned into a 3-pointer and swished the shot at the buzzer.
NWU couldn't muster any offense in the overtime period as they went empty on their first four possessions and dug into too deep a hole.
As a team, the Prairie Wolves were 12-25 from 3-point range after shooting 3-24 the last time out. Six different players scored in double figures as NWU shot 55.4 percent.
A big difference was at the free throw line where Hastings outscored NWU by 21 points hitting 30-38 compared to NWU going 9-16.
Erick Jackson led NWU with 20 points on 5-7 from 3-point range. Trevor Johnson scored 17, Trent Scheitel and Tim Schweitzer 15, Trey Bardsley 14 and Jonah Bradley 10.
Tobin Reinwald led all scorers with 23 points, with Brett Wells scoring 21.