Eric Jackson and Trent Scheitel blocked Brady Lollman's game-tying 3-point attempt at the buzzer as Nebraska Wesleyan rallied back to earn a huge 82-79 victory over Hastings College on Wednesday night (Feb. 6) at Lynn Farrell Arena in Hastings.
With the comeback victory, NWU improves to 11-12 overall, 6-12 GPAC to keep their postseason hopes alive.
The Prairie Wolves, who at one point trailed by 12 points in the first half, quickly overcame their seven point halftime deficit.
NWU tied the game at the 16:10 mark and took their first lead with 11:46 to play on a pair of free throws by Jonah Bradley.
The game was tied 72-72 with 3:43 to play and the lead went back and forth down the stretch. Trent Scheitel hit a banked in jump shot with 1:07 to play to put NWU up 78-75. Dylan Flinn answered for Hastings with a layup to pull within one point.
On the ensuing possession, freshman Trey Bardsley held on as the shot clock expired and shot a free throw line jump shot that sat on the rim and fell in giving the Prairie Wolves a three-point advantage.
Flinn made an uncontested layup at the other end with 5.5 remaining to make it a one point lead. Bardsley was fouled and calmly sank both free throws with 4.7 seconds remaining.
Lollman had a chance to tie the game driving the length of the court, but his attempt was blocked.
Five players scored in double figures for the Prairie Wolves led by Jonah Bradley with 20 points. Eric Jackson and Trevor Johnson each had 16 with Scheitel scoring 12 and Bardsley 10. NWU shot 59.1 percent as a team from the floor.
The Prairie Wolves now return home for a pair of home games, beginning with a crucial contest with Dakota Wesleyan on Saturday.