Release Courtesy of Nebraska Wesleyan Athletics
In a battle between teams fighting for the middle of the GPAC standings, Dakota Wesleyan came away with a 77-70 victory over Nebraska Wesleyan on Saturday afternoon (Jan. 18) at Snyder Arena in Lincoln.
The win moves DWU to 12-8, 5-5 in GPAC alone in sixth place in the league, while NWU falls to 9-7 and 4-7 in conference to drop to eighth place.
NWU trailed by three points with just under a minute to play as Trevor Johnson drove the paint but couldn't convert a left-handed layup. On the other end Jalen Voss went 2-2 at the free throw line to make it a five point game. Another missed layup from Trey Bardlsey gave DWU the ball to add another free throw to lead by six.
Eric Jackson nailed a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 0:16 left to cut the lead down to 73-70, but DWU was 4-4 in the final seconds at the free throw line to seal the win.
The game had 13 lead changes with neither team leading by more than eight points. Jonah Bradley hit a 3-pointer with 9:05 to play to give NWU their largest lead of six points at 57-51. DWU went on a 12-4 run to retake the lead. Trailing by two points, Trevor Johnson made an old fashioned 3-point play to put NWU ahead 67-66 with 2:20 left, but that was the final lead of the game.
Jalen Voss was too much to handle in the paint for the Prairie Wolves as he scored 29 points with six rebounds. Jade Miller came off the bench to score 20 points hitting 3-4 from 3-point range. As a team, DWU held a +15 advantage on the glass.
Jackson led NWU with 21 points on 5-9 from 3-point range. Trevor Johnson scored 18 and Tim Schweitzer had 12 to lead the NWU scoring.
Nebraska Wesleyan now has a week off before the next GPAC game at Northwestern on Jan. 25.