Trailing by just one point at halftime, Nebraska Wesleyan made just one field goal and scored only four points in the first 13:20 of the second half as Midland was able to pull away and hold on for the 56-47 victory in GPAC men's basketball action on Wednesday (Dec. 12) in Fremont, Neb.
The Prairie Wolves (5-5, 1-5 GPAC) shot just 22.6 percent in the second half and 33.3 percent for the game as they scored a season-low 47 points.
Midland led 27-26 at halftime as both teams struggled to score points in the first half.
In the second period, NWU didn't get their first points until the 15:05 mark as Andrew Mitteis scored on a breakaway lay-up. Mitteis converted 2-2 at the free throw line with 12:40 to play and the Wolves would not score again until Trevor Johnson made a layup with 6:40 left in the game. By that time Midland had built up a 42-30 lead.
Despite the slow scoring start, NWU still had its chances late. The Prairie Wolves climbed within five points twice late in the game.
Eric Jackson hit a 3-pointer with 1:36 left to cut the gap to six points, but the Prairie Wolves would get no closer.
As a team, NWU was just 6-14 at the free throw line for 42.9 percent and was outrebounded 42-33.
Jackson led the way with 21 points hitting 5-9 from 3-point range. Trevor Johnson also scored in double figures with 11 points.
Ben Imig had a huge second half to lead all scorers with 22 points. Imig scored 18 of the Warriors 29 points in the second half and shot 9-12 from the floor.