Release Courtesy of Nebraska Wesleyan Athletics
Trey Bardsley picked up a loose ball drove the length of the floor and made an old-fashioned 3-point play to put NWU up by six point and they would hold on for a 73-65 victory over Briar Cliff in GPAC men's basketball action on Saturday afternoon (Feb. 8) in Sioux City, Iowa.
The Prairie Wolves extend their winning streak to three games in a row and climb into a three-way tie for fifth place in the GPAC standings. NWU completes the season sweep over Briar Cliff and improves to 12-9 overall and 7-9 in GPAC play.
Nebraska Wesleyan led by as many as 10 points in the first half but the Chargers cut the lead to two points at 39-37 at halftime.
To start the second half, Trevor Johnson made a layup in the first 10 seconds of the half to score 1,000 for his career. Johnson finished with 12 points and five rebounds and now is the 34th player in NWU history with 1,000 points.
Trey Bardsley continued his solid play as he scored a game-high 21 points to pace the Prairie Wolves. Bardsley was 7-7 at the free throw line and 6-11 from the floor.
NWU shot 48.1 percent from the floor and held Briar Cliff to just 39.6 percent. They held leading scorer Zach Otting to 0 points as he entered the game averaging 18.
The Prairie Wolves, who snapped a seven-game losing streak at Sioux City, had five players in double figures. Besides Bardsley's 21, Eric Jackson scored 13, Johnson 12, Jonah Bradley 11 and Trent Scheitel 10.