Doane pulled away with an 82-69 victory on Saturday afternoon against Dakota Wesleyan University. Doane improved to 8-7 overall and 3-4 in the GPAC while DWU fell to 7-7 overall and 1-6 in the conference.
Dakota Wesleyan controlled the early minutes of the game as Doane missed two lay-ups. The Tigers from up north took a 15-7 lead after five minutes of play following back-to-back buckets from Justin Nelson. Doane slowly chipped away at the lead and over the final 10 minutes of play in the first half, the Tigers from Crete outscored DWU, 21-9, to take a 35-28 lead into the break.
The second half started with Doane increasing their lead to 44-30 as Bryan Meyer led the charge with two baskets. The Tigers' largest was 18 points following a three-point play by Nick Reed with 16:09 left in the game.
Dakota Wesleyan fought back midway through the half with a 9-0 run as four different players contributed to the effort, capped by a three-point basket from Carde Pennington. The Doane lead hovered around 10 points the rest of the game and the Tigers made their final nine free throw attempts to cap the win.
Doane was led in scoring by Jens Scholl as he posted a career-high 23 points on 8-of-12 shooting from the floor. Scholl converted 7-of-9 free throws as well and posted eight rebounds. Nick Reed posted 20 points and eight rebounds for the Tigers, knocking down 12-of-14 free throw attempts.
Austin Benson and Joshua Riser chipped in with 12 points apiece and Bryan Meyer finished with nine. The Doane starters combined for 76 of the team's 82 points. Riser dished out five assists with Meyer adding four.
Dakota Wesleyan received 15 points from Kris Wilson as he was 5-of-7 from the floor and 5-of-11 from the charity stripe. Jalen Voss added a double-double, posting 13 points and 12 rebounds. Wilson dished out three assists.
Doane shot 47.2-percent for the game while hitting 3-of-7 from behind the arc. The Tigers converted 29-of-38 from the free throw line. Dakota Wesleyan finished the game shooting 43.5-percent, hitting 7-of-21 from three-point range. DWU hit 8-of-15 from the free throw line.
Doane will host Concordia University on Tuesday, December 20, at 8:00 PM. The Tigers and Bulldogs split last year's meeting as each team won on their home court. Dakota Wesleyan will host Dakota State on December 19, the second meeting of the year between the two squads with DWU winning the first time around, 70-69.