Nebraska Wesleyan jumped out to a 17-2 lead and held Mount Marty to just 26.9 shooting for the entire game as the Prairie Wolves picked up a big 69-43 victory over the Lancers in Great Plains Athletic Conference men’s basketball action on Saturday (Dec. 17) at Snyder Arena in Lincoln.
NWU (6-4, 2-4 GPAC) snaps the four-game winning streak of the Lancers (7-4, 4-3 GPAC) who had climbed up to second place in the league standings.
The Prairie Wolves came out firing to start the game as Eric Jackson scored eight of the team’s first 10 points in the first three minutes of the game. On the other end the always tough Prairie Wolves defense held Mount Marty in check giving up just two points in the first eight minutes of the contest.
Mount Marty scored just 13 points in the first half as the Lancers hit only 4-22 from the floor in the first half for 18.2percent. NWU built up a 30-13 lead at halftime.
Coach Jim Thorson brought his team out in the second half with a new sense of urgency and the Lancers went on a 10-3 run to open the half and pull within 10 points. Mount Marty got within seven points at 37-30 with 14:21 remaining in the game.
NWU then got hot and went on a 15-3 run over the next seven minutes to build up a 19 point cushion. The Lancers would get no closer as the Prairie Wolves continued the pressure on both ends of the court to earn the26-point victory.
Jackson ended up with a share of the team lead in scoring hitting 14 points on 4-10 from 3-point range. Trent Scheitel came off the bench to add 14 points and eight rebounds going 6-8 from the field. Also scoring in double figures was Trevor Johnson who scored 12 points.
As a team the Prairie Wolves shot an even 50 percent from the field and for the first time in four games the Prairie Wolves made over 60 percent from the foul line making 10-14 free throws.
Mount Marty was led by Mitch Ackelson who had 13 points and nine rebounds.
NWU, who has won two of the last three GPAC games, will be right back in action on Tuesday night (Dec. 20) as they hostMidland University at 8 pm.