Doane snapped its five game losing streak to Nebraska Wesleyan as the Tigers defeated the Prairie Wolves, 65-53, in GPAC men's basketball action on Saturday afternoon (Dec. 11) in front of 497 fans at Snyder Arena in Lincoln.
NWU has now dropped four straight games to fall to 3-5 overall and 1-3 in the GPAC, while Doane moves to 8-4 and 3-2 in GPAC play.
The Tigers victory was the first over NWU since the 2007-08 season and gives Doane a one game edge in the 187 game history between the two rivals.
NWU made a 3-pointer on their second possession of the game to take a 3-2 lead, but would never lead the rest of the contest after Doane answered with a basket two possessions later.
It was again the Prairie Wolves offense that held them back as NWU has been held under 56 points in all four GPAC contests.
The Prairie Wolves made one last run after being down double digits in the second half. NWU finally took advantage of their big size advantage and got three consecutive lay-ups in the paint to pull within 47-41 with 8:16 to play. Doane then built up another 10 point lead, but NWU came charging back as Nick Dinan hit back-to-back layups to cut the lead to six points with just over four minutes to play. The Prairie Wolves would then score just two points the final four minutes.
NWU did outrebound Doane by 12 (38-26) and had 40 points in the paint compared to only 16 for the Tigers. However, Doane hit 10 3-point baskets with NWU connecting on only 3-12 from long distance.
Dinan led NWU with 12 points, while Bryce Arp added 10.
Nick Reed led all scorers with 18 points on 7-8 shooting for the Tiger, with Joshua Riser chipping in 12 points.