Mitchell, SD – Dakota Wesleyan men’s basketball earned the heavy win at home against Midland on Wednesday night in a back and forth game from the Corn Palace. The Tigers and Warriors were even close to the field goal and free throw percentages.
The quick details
UWU 79 – MU 76 OT
DWU 7-10 General (GPAC 4-6)
MU 14-6 General (GPAC 5-5)
How it happened
- Midland took a quick 3-0 lead less than a minute into the game, but it was short lived as the Tigers turned the score in their favor with a 7-3 lead.
- After a Warriors timeout, Midland put together a 5-2 run that narrowed the DWU lead to one point, 9-8.
- Midland collected on a shot from deep with 11:28 remaining in the first half, putting the game at 11.
- Dakota Wesleyan and the Warriors tied for just under three minutes each at 11 a.m. before Jeffrey Schuch made a mistake and turned into a two-point lead on both free throws.
- After a three-pointer from Midland, they took their biggest lead over DWU with a 21-15 lead as we entered the final five minutes of the first half.
- After big baskets from Blaze Lubbers, Mason Larson and Nick Wittler, with one minute to go before the break, it was another one point game.
- Kallan Herman put the Tigers on top 32-29 with 29 seconds to go before Ryan Larsen hit a shot over the arc at Midland, leveling the game at 32-32 en route to halftime.
- The Warriors started the second half of the regular season with four quick runs and a 36-32 lead.
- The Warriors held DWU at bay for nearly the first eight minutes until Wittler collected another three-pointer and the 40-39 lead.
- In the final ten minutes of the regulations, both teams were neck and neck.
- Larson gave the Tigers a 57-52 lead with five minutes remaining in the second half which forced a timeout for Midland.
- As DWU and MU went into the final 90 seconds and tied at 63-63, Lubbers took a massive two points for the 65-63 lead.
- In the final 15 seconds of regulation Midland converted on two free throws to tie the game.
- Heading into extra time, both the Tigers and Warriors went shot for shot for the first two minutes.
- After a Warrior three-pointer and a 70-67 lead; Larson hit a shot from outside his own arc and again tied the game at 70-70.
- Midland went down for two runs, the Tigers then came on the field, Koln Oppold converted with two free throws and tied the game at 72-72.
- With 1:12 left in overtime, Midlands Bo Sandquist missed a shot from deep that opened the door for the Tigers to take the lead in the final 60 seconds.
- Schuch linked past the arc with Oppold for another big shot and the 75-72 lead.
- With six seconds left in extra time, the Warriors took two runs from two free throw attempts, narrowing the Tigers lead to 77-76.
- Teegan Evers closed the door on Midland with two seconds left after scoring back-to-back free throws as DWU took the win 79-76 overtime against the Warriors.
- Both Dakota Wesleyan and Midland were nearly equal in terms of field goals; the Tigers shot 45.8% from the floor while the Warriors shot 45.3% from the field.
- Past the arc, DWU shot 27.6% while Midland went 9-of-21 and shot 42.9% from distance.
- The Tigers made 17-of-21 free throws, with an 81.0 free throw percentage
- DWU got the upper hand on the boards, rebounding MU 33-27.
- Both teams were credited with six turnovers as the Tigers were able to earn eight points from those turnovers compared to the six points Midland earned from turnovers.
- Dakota Wesleyan also defeated the Warriors in the paint, 32-22 and 9-4 on second chance points.
- The overtime thriller had 16 draws and 12 lead changes over the 45 minutes of playtime.
Beyond the results
- Jeffrey Schuch: 20 points, 58.3 FG%, 75 FT%, six rebounds and five assists
- Koln Oppold: 16 points, 40 FG%, 25 3-pt%, 7-of-7 free throw, six rebounds, five assists and one block
- Nick Wittler: 13 points, 41.6 FG%, 2-for-7 beyond the arc, 1-on-1 free throw, four rebounds
- Mason Larson: 11 points, 44.4 FG%, 40 3-pt%, 1-on-1 free throw, five rebounds, two assists, and one block
- Blaze Lubbers: nine points, 50 FG% and five rebounds
Dakota Wesleyan Men’s Basketball is back in action on Sunday, January 16. The Tigers will face the Mount Marty Lancers for a “Pink the Palace” game. DWU and MMU will tip from the Corn Palace at 3:45 PM.