CRETE, Neb. – For the second time this season, the Dakota Wesleyan University men’s basketball team upset a ranked Doane College team Saturday afternoon. This time, it was on Doane’s home court.
DWU – which upset the No. 8 Tigers 75-72 on Dec. 8 at the Corn Palace – completed the season sweep with an 87-73 win over Doane Saturday in Crete, Neb. DWU is now 12-12 overall and 7-7 in the Great Plains Athletic Conference.
Dakota Wesleyan led by as many as 13 – 62-49 – in the second half. Aireus Stephenson hit a layup with 11:55 to play to give the Tigers’ their biggest lead of the game. Doane hit back-to-back threes to spark a 13-2 run to cut the gap to two, 64-62, but DWU pushed its lead back to seven, 74-67, on a layup by Stephenson with 3:44 to play.
A three by Austin Benson and another by Connor Beranek made it a three-point game, 82-79, with 36 seconds left on the clock, but Mike Lee hit a pair of free throws to push the lead back to five. Luke Bamberg went 3-for-4 from the line in the final 26 seconds to make it a six-point game, 87-81, with six seconds left, and Doane scored at the buzzer for the final score.
Neither team led by more than a few points in the first half, and Dakota Wesleyan led by just one – 31-30 at halftime. The two teams went back and forth to start the second half, but a pair of free throws by Jalen Voss sparked an 11-0 run to put the Tigers up 10, 50-40, with 15:17 to play.
Lee finished with 24 points to pace the Tigers. Voss finished with 23 points and 15 rebounds and Stephenson added 15 points. DWU shot 44 percent from the field, went 21-for-29 from the line and had 47 rebounds and nine turnovers.
Shavontae Samuels led all scorers with 31 points for Doane (21-4, 11-4). Domonique Smith added 18 points, Jens Scholls finished with 12 and Nick Reed added 11. Beranek added 10 rebounds. The Tigers shot 44 percent from the field, went 13-for-19 from the line and had 38 rebounds and seven turnovers.
DWU is back on the road Wednesday, Jan. 30, when it travels to Sioux City, Iowa, to take on Morningside College.