Release Courtesy of Nebraska Wesleyan Athletics
Nebraska Wesleyan rallied from a 11-point second half deficit to pick up a much needed 86-76 victory over Morningside College in a key GPAC men's basketball game on Saturday afternoon (Feb. 1) at Snyder Arena in Lincoln, Neb.
NWU, which had lost six of their previous seven games, improves to 10-9 overall and 5-9 in GPAC, while the Mustangs (winners of six of their previous seven) fall to 15-8, 9-4 GPAC.
The Prairie Wolves trailed by one point at halftime 36-35. The Mustangs then opened the second half on a 16-6 run to open up a 51-41 lead with 15:10 to play.
Nebraska Wesleyan then began to chip away at the lead and tied the game on a 3-pointer by Eric Jackson at the 10:38 mark. The game would be tied four more times until a pair of Trevor Johnson free throws put the Prairie Wolves up 76-74 with 2:36 to play. NWU held Morningside to just two free throws the rest of the game.
On the other side Nebraska Wesleyan had their best free throw shooting performance of the season. NWU was 8-10 in the final two minutes and shot 85.7 percent for the game (24-28).
It was the Trey Bardsley show on offense for the Prairie Wolves as he scored a career-high 28 points on 10-14 shooting. He was 3-5 from 3-point range and 5-5 at the free throw line. Bardsley scored in a variety of ways all day from 3-pointers to running lay-ups in the paint.
Three other players scored in double figures for NWU. Trevor Johnson scored 17 points hitting 5-7 from the floor and 7-8 at the free throw line. Trent Scheitel came off the bench for 12 points and Eric Jackson added 10.
NWU will hope to carry over this momentum into Wednesday's game at home against Concordia.