Tiger men beat Kansas Wesleyan

Danny Maman from DWU.

Danny Maman

Jalen Voss from DWU.

Jalen Voss

Kris Menning from DWU.

Kris Menning

SALINA, Kan. – The Dakota Wesleyan University men’s basketball team followed up its upset of No. 8 Doane College Saturday with a nonconference win Monday night. The Tigers beat Kansas Wesleyan University 85-71 in Salina, Kan.

Kris Menning scored the first five points of the game for Dakota Wesleyan (7-7) to spark a 12-2 run for the Tigers. Dakota Wesleyan maintained a double-digit lead throughout much of the first half, and went up by 14, 33-19, with 5:08 left in the half on a jumper by Danny Maman. The Tigers led 40-33 at halftime.

The Coyotes cut the gap to five to start the second half, but a three by Menning made it a 10-point game, 47-37, with 16:40 to play. Back-to-back baskets by Aireus Stephenson made it a 16-point game, 56-40, with 14:28 to play, and a three by Jade Miller a few minutes later put DWU up 17.

From there, KWU went on a 19-7 run to cut the gap to five, 66-61, with 6:38 left to play, and the Coyotes hung around, keeping the Tigers’ lead to single digits. But Maman hit a three with 4:18 to play to put DWU up 77-63, and he hit another three a minute later to push the lead back to 14, 81-67, after another short KWU run, to help DWU hold on for the win.

Jalen Voss recorded his ninth double-double of the season to lead the Tigers. He scored 21 points and pulled down 14 rebounds. Maman finished with 15 points, including three 3-pointers, Stephenson had 12 points and Mike Lee finished with 10 points. Luke Bamberg added seven points and 10 rebounds and Menning had eight points. DWU shot 44 percent from the field, went 20-for-23 form the line and had 48 rebounds and 11 turnovers.

Canon Fields paced KWU with 23 points and eight rebounds and Dylan Hidalgo added 10 points. The Coyotes shot 41.2 percent from the field, went 11-for-13 from the line and had 29 rebounds and seven turnovers.

Dakota Wesleyan is off until Dec. 28 when it travels to San Diego, Calif., to take on San Diego Christian College. The Tigers play California Baptist University on Saturday, Dec. 29.