Nebraska Wesleyan jumped out to an 18-point first half lead and fed off the enthusiastic home crowd as they came out and defeated arch-rival Doane College, 75-58, in the final regular season of the 2012-13 season.
With the victory, the Prairie Wolves end the regular season 13-12 overall for their highest win total since 2007-08 they stay alive for that final spot in the GPAC Postseason tournament. NWU is now ½ half game behind Dakota Wesleyan for eighth in the league standings so the Prairie Wolves need the Tigers to lose their final game on Saturday night.
Behind a raucous Snyder Arena home crowd, the Prairie Wolves went on a 15-0 run midway through the first half to go up 28-10 at the 6:51 mark of the first half. The Prairie Wolves maintained their double digit lead and led 36-24 at halftime.
Doane, ranked No. 24 in the NAIA II poll, lost their fifth straight game to fall to 21-8 overall. The Tigers did make an early run in the second half and quickly cut the lead to eight points at 38-30 with 16:50 remaining. That would be as close as the Tigers would get.
Freshman Trey Bardsley, playing against his former high school coach Jim Weeks, went 3-4 from the 3-point range in the first half and scored 11 first half points for the second straight game. Bardlsey hit three of his 3-pointers during the 15-0 run in the first half.
It was a balanced attack for the Prairie Wolves as four total players scored in double figures. Bardlsey led the way with a career-high 16 points, joining Trevor Johnson who also scored 16 points. Jonah Bradley hit 15 points and Trent Scheitel scored 10 points off the bench.
The Prairie Wolves shot 55.6 percent from the floor, hitting 65.2 percent in the second half shooting 15-23 from the floor. NWU was 5-12 from 3-point range and 10-15 at the charity stripe.
Doane was led by Shavontae Samuels who had a game-high 22 points to lead Doane.
NWU must now sit and wait until Saturday night to see if they qualify for the GPAC Postseason Tournament.