LINCOLN, Neb. – Nebraska Wesleyan closed out their home regular season schedule with an impressive 86-78 victory over conference rival Hastings College on Senior Night (Feb. 8) at Snyder Arena In Lincoln.
The win vaults the Prairie Wolves up to sixth place in the GPAC standings. The victory also snapped a six-game losing streak for NWU against Hastings in games played here in Lincoln.
It was a hard fought battle throughout the game with both teams shooting well from the floor. NWU scored four straight points to end the first half and take a 37-33 lead into halftime.
To start the second half, Nebraska Wesleyan made a quick 10-2 run to get up by double digits at 47-35 just three minutes into the second half. The Prairie Wolves were able to maintain the lead by at least eight points until the final three minutes.
As NWU was missing their free throws, the Broncos were hitting theirs and climbed to within six points at 77-71 with 2:26 remaining. NWU was able to hit two free throws from Trevor Johnson and a layup from Tim Schweitzer to back up by 10 and seal the win.
Senior Andy Schweitzer scored a career-high 21 points to lead the Prairie Wolves who had four different players in double figures. Schweitzer was 3-6from 3-point range and 8-12 at the free throw line. Eric Jackson snapped his streak of misses from 3-point land to score 15 points hitting 2-5 from beyond the arc.
Another senior, Nick Dinan, also had a solid game scoring 14 points on 6-7 shooting, while recording four steals. Trevor Johnson added 12 points.
As a team, NWU shot 54.7 percent from the floor, but only 60.5 percent at the free throw line (23-38). Hastings hit 57.8 percent and 90.9 at the free throw line (20-22) but committed 18 turnovers.
Dylan Flinn scored 21 points for the Broncos while Dane Bacon came off the bench for 19.
NWU will look to continue their win streak this weekend as they travel to Mitchell, S.D., to face Dakota Wesleyan University on Sunday at the Corn Palace.