Tiger men fall to Midland

Jalen Voss from DWU.

Jalen Voss

Aireus Stephenson from DWU.

Aireus Stephenson

FREMONT, Neb. – The Dakota Wesleyan University men’s basketball team started 2013 with an 82-60 loss to Midland University Wednesday night in Fremont, Neb.

The Tigers are now 8-9 overall and 3-5 in the Great Plains Athletic Conference. Midland improved to 11-5 overall and 6-3 in the league.

Dakota Wesleyan, whose last game was Dec. 29 in California, got off to a slow start Wednesday. Mike Lee hit a three to put the Tigers up 3-1 less than 30 seconds into the game, but the Tigers didn’t score again until Danny Maman scored on a jumper with 14:44 left in the first half. By that time, Midland amassed a 17-5 lead.

From there, DWU went on a 16-4 run to tie the game at 21 with 8:31 left in the first half. Senior Carde Pennington had seven points in the run, including a three to make it a six-point game. After letting the Tigers tie the game, however, Midland went on a 12-2 run to push its lead back to 10, 33-23, with 5:20 left in the half. DWU cut the gap to six with 2:47 left, but the Warriors led 43-29 at halftime.

Midland came out and pushed its lead to 22, 56-34, on a 3-pointer by Galen Gullie with less than four minutes gone from the second half. The Warriors maintained at least a 20-point lead the remainder of the game.

Jalen Voss and Aireus Stephenson were the only players to hit double digits in scoring for DWU, which shot just under 40 percent from the field. Voss finished with 13 points – all in the second half – and seven rebounds, and Stephenson added 10 points. The Tigers went 13-for-20 from the line, shot just 12.5 percent from long range and had 15 turnovers.

James Parrott led all scorers with 25 points for Midland. Gullie added 16 points and Jerome Vaughn had 10 rebounds. The Warriors shot nearly 48 percent from the field, including 43 percent from three-point range, and went 7-for-10 from the line. Midland had a 42-33 advantage on the boards and committed 13 turnovers.

DWU is back at home Saturday, Jan. 5, when it hosts Nebraska Wesleyan University at 3 p.m.