SEWARD, Neb. – Free throws down the stretch helped the Dakota Wesleyan University men’s basketball team hold on for a 75-65 win over Concordia University Saturday afternoon in Seward, Neb.
The Tigers (5-6 overall, 2-3 Great Plains Athletic Conference) led by as many as 18 points in the second half, but the Bulldogs cut the lead down to eight, 59-51, with 3:03 left to play. Jalen Voss hit a jumper to make it a 10-point game with 2:47 to play and DWU went 14-for-14 from the free-throw line in the final 2:10 to seal the win.
Mike Lee came up big for DWU in the final two minutes as he went 12-for-12 from the line. Lee finished with a game-high 25 points and went 13-for-13 from the line. Bo LaCroix also hit a pair of free throws in the game’s final minutes.
Concordia (5-5, 2-4) grabbed an early lead, but Carde Pennington hit a jumper with 15:01 left in the first half to put DWU up 9-8 and the Tigers never trailed again. The Bulldogs hung around, but DWU finally extended its lead to seven, 25-18, with 6:59 left in the half. The Tigers went on a 7-1 run to end the first half with a 36-24 lead.
The Tigers started the second half on a 9-2 run to go up 45-26 with 15:11 left to play. Dakota Wesleyan maintained that led, and was up by as much as 18, 58-40, with 7:01 to play before the Bulldogs went on 11-1 run to make it 59-51 with 3:03 left to play.
Lee led both teams in scoring, and Voss added 18 points and five rebounds for the Tigers. LaCroix also finished with 12 points and Luke Bamberg had eight rebounds. DWU shot 44.6 percent from the field, went 23-for-28 from the line and had 38 rebounds and 11 turnovers.
Beau Smith paced Concordia with 14 points and eight rebounds and Porter Birtell added 11 points and nine rebounds. The Bulldogs shot 32.8 percent from the field, including 30 percent in the first half. Concordia went 21-for-29 from the line and had 41 re bounds and 16 turnovers.
Dakota Wesleyan is on the road again Wednesday, Dec. 12, when it travels to Yankton, S.D., to take on Mount Marty College at 8 p.m.