Nebraska Wesleyan snapped its nine-game losing streak as they hung on for a 74-70 win over GPAC rival Doane College on Wednesday night (Feb. 2) in men's basketball action at the Haddix Center in Crete, Neb.
It was the first win for NWU since Dec. 29 as they improve to 6-14 overall and 2-11 in GPAC play. Doane loses its fifth straight game to fall to 11-11 overall and 5-8 in GPAC.
The overall series between the old-time rivals is now dead even at 94-94 after the two teams split this season.
Nebraska Wesleyan led by 11 points late in the second half but had to hold off a rally by the Tigers.
After Doane had cut the lead down to two points at 66-64 with 3:12 to play, it was time for NWU junior Bryce Arp to take over. Arp hit an old fashioned 3-point play on the Prairie Wolves next possession to put NWU up by five. Doane's Nick Reed answered with a 3-pointer to get within two points. With time running out on the shot clock, Arp then nailed a 3-pointer from the left wing to go up by five points. It was just the sixth 3-pointer of Arp's career.
Doane hit another 3-pointer in the final minute, but Nick Dinan sealed the win for the Prairie Wolves with a breakaway lay-up.
Arp led NWU with 20 points, scoring 10 in each half. Nick Reed scored 20 points to lead Doane. Andy Schweitzer came off the bench to score 12 points for NWU hitting four 3-pointers, including three in the second half.
NWU will try to ride this momentum into Saturday's home game against Dordt College at 2 p.m., at Snyder Arena.