Midland University fell to Nebraska Wesleyan University, 68-59 on Tuesday. The Warriors overcame a 13-point deficit in the second half but were unable to earn the victory.
Midland’s Sammy Hislop was the leading Warrior scorer, putting up 19 points with six rebounds. Darien Moon and Shelby Rupprecht each recorded 11 points, with Rupprecht adding five rebounds. Jami Thramer led Midland in rebounds with nine, adding five points and three assists.
The two teams were even early, as a Sammy Hislop layup tied the game 7-7, three minutes into the contest. The Warriors would fall behind by five at 14:13 in the first half, but a Jamilah Johnson bucket and free throw followed by a Hislop layup evened the score, 13-13. However, the Prairie Wolves would take advantage of missed Warrior shots late in the half, building a 33-25 halftime lead. In the first half, the Warriors were out-shot 36 percent to 25 percent from the field. Midland was one of seven from beyond the arch and 10 of 17 for 58 percent from the line. The Warriors won the turnover battle in the first half, forcing 10 turnovers and giving away nine possessions.
The Warriors struggled early in the second half, as Nebraska Wesleyan crafted a 42-29 lead at 16:07. Midland answered back with a pair of Hislop free throws followed by a Hislop layup. The Hislop scores sparked a 12-0 Warrior run, putting Midland down just 42-41 with 12:21 in the contest. After back and forth scoring, a Shelby Rupprecht layup at 6:09 in the second half gave Midland a 52-51 lead—Midland’s first lead of the game. The Prairie Wolves hit back with six unanswered points, but a Shelby Rupprecht layup would cut the Nebraska Wesleyan lead to 59-56 at 4:34 in the contest. However, Nebraska Wesleyan would pull away in the game’s remainder, handing Midland the 68-59 loss.
The Warriors hit 42 percent of their second half shots but hit only one of seven from beyond the arch. Midland was perfect from the line in the second half and was out-scored only 35-34.
Midland University finished having hit 37 percent from the field, 28 percent from the three point line and 68 percent from the charity stripe. The Warriors were out-rebounded 49 to 40 in the loss.
The defeat puts the Warriors at 4-10 on the season and 0-8 in the GPAC. Midland will travel to Denver, Colo., to compete in the Johnson and Wales Classic on Thursday, Dec. 29. Tipoff for game one versus Johnson and Wales is set for 5:00 p.m.
Midland University picked up their third straight win Tuesday, beating Nebraska Wesleyan University, 61-38. The Warrior defense was dominant, holding Nebraska Wesleyan to just six second half field goals.
“I’m really proud of the guys,” said Todd Eisner, Midland University men’s basketball head coach. “Our defense stayed with us for all forty minutes. We did a great job of expanding our lead and making it difficult for Nebraska Wesleyan to get back in the game. This is a good way to close out the semester.”
Ben Imig and Galen Gullie each scored 11 points in the victory. Zach Rosenboom and Marcus Messersmith scored nine points apiece, with Rosenboom adding eight rebounds. Donald Jones recorded eight rebounds with six points and three steals.
The Warriors opened the game with a 10-2 run, capped by a Messersmith three at 15:17 in the first half. The Prairie Wolves would cut Midland’s lead to one at 9:04, but an Imig three on the following possession re-sparked the Warrior offense. A three point field goal by Jalen Hueser stretched the Warrior lead to 29-19 at 3:02 in the half. Midland would enter the locker room ahead, 29-23. The Warriors hit 39 percent of their first half field goals. They hit only one of four from the line but were six of 12 for 50 percent from beyond the arch.
Midland stifled the Nebraska Wesleyan offense in the second half, holding the Prairie Wolves to just 15 second half points. A Galen Gullie layup at 10:20 in the second half capped a 21-3 Warrior scoring run. Midland continued to dominate the second half, with a Ben Knobbe three with 51 seconds left in regulation giving the Warriors a 25 point lead. The Warriors finished the game having out-scored Nebraska Wesleyan 32-15 in the second half. Midland out-shot the Prairie Wolves 36 percent to 21 percent in the second half. The Warriors hit five of seven for 71 percent from beyond the arch and were 71 percent from the line in the second half.
Midland University finished the game having hit 37 percent from the field. The Warriors shot only 54 percent from the line but knocked down 57 percent of their three point field goals. Midland was out-rebounded 43 to 38 but forced nearly twice as many turnovers as they gave up.
The win puts Midland University at 10-3 on the season and 5-3 in the GPAC. The Warriors will travel to Atchison, Kan., to play Benedictine College on Friday, Dec. 30. Tipoff is set for 7:00 p.m.