DWU men fall to Mount Marty

Mike Lee

Mike Lee

Carde Pennington from DWU.

Carde Pennington

YANKTON, S.D. – The Dakota Wesleyan University men’s basketball team lost 80-70 to Mount Marty College Wednesday night in a Great Plains Athletic Conference game in Yankton, S.D.

The Tigers are now 5-7 overall and 2-4 in the GPAC. Mount Marty is 5-6 overall and 2-4 in the league.

Jalen Voss scored the Tigers’ first four points of the game and gave DWU its only lead of the game on a pair of free throws less than three minutes in. But Austin Harms hit a 3-pointer a minute later to put the Lancers up 5-4, and the Tigers never led again. That three sparked an 11-0 Lancer run and ended with a 13-4 lead for Mount Marty.

Mike Lee hit a 3-pointer to stop the run, and a jumper by Bo LaCroix made it 15-13 a few minutes later, but Mount Marty responded with another short run and extended its lead to nine. Mount Marty led 30-24 at halftime.

Lee scored DWU’s first two buckets of the second half to make it a four-point game, 32-28, but a quick 6-0 run put the Lancers up 10, 38-28. A layup by Lee and two straight baskets by Aireus Stephenson made it a four-point game, 40-36, with 12:46 to play, but the Lancers answered and pushed their lead back to eight. Mount Marty pushed its lead to double digits with 4:15 to play, and were able to maintain that lead throughout the rest of the game.

Lee finished with a game-high 25 points for the second straight game. Carde Pennington added 13 points and Stephenson finished with nine. Voss had eight points and 11 rebounds for DWU, which shot 45 percent from the field, including just under 36 percent in the first half. The Tigers hit just one 3-pointer, went 15-for-26 from the line and had 34 rebounds and 13 turnovers.

Jose Pena-Benjamin had 24 points and nine rebounds to pace the Lancers. Harms added 15 points, Joe Hieb finished with 13 points and Salidin Smith had 12 points and eight rebounds. Mount Marty shot 51 percent from the field, went 26-for-38 from the line and had 37 rebounds and 16 turnovers.

Dakota Wesleyan is back at home Saturday, Dec. 15, when it hosts Doane College at 6 p.m.