Nebraska Wesleyan cut down a 20-point second half lead down to six points with under a minute to play, but could not convert on two straight offensive possessions as No. 25 Dakota Wesleyan defeated the Prairie Wolves, 65-58, in GPAC men's basketball action on Sunday afternoon (Jan. 23) at the Corn Palace in Mitchell, S.D.
NWU falls to 5-12, 1-9 in GPAC action while Dakota Wesleyan improves to 17-6 and 7-5 in GPAC.
Dakota Wesleyan led by eight (30-22) at halftime but used a 17-5 run in the first six minutes of the second half to get up by 20 points. DWU still led by 20 points with 6:40 to play and the game seemed to be in hand.
NWU then started chipping away thanks to the 3-point shooting by Jonah Bradley. Bradley finished with five 3-pointers to lead NWU with 20 points.
With the score at 64-58 with 33 seconds left, NWU had two straight possessions where they were unable to get a shot off as the Tigers sealed the win.
Bradley was the lone NWU player in double figures with 20 points on 5-9 from 3-point range. Jim Lance came off the bench for nine points, while Trevor Johnson also was off the bench with seven points and six rebounds.
All-American Brady Wiebe led DWU with 20 points on 10-15 from the free throw line.