Concordia-Moorhead ended the game on a 9-4 run over the final 2:40 to hold off Nebraska Wesleyan, 66-62, in men's basketball action on Monday night (Dec. 29) in Moorhead, Minn.
The loss is the fourth straight for the Prairie Wolves who fall to 6-4 after opening the year with six wins. It is also the second loss in NCAA DIII action which hurts the Prairie Wolves chances at receiving a bid for the postseason.
The game had 10 lead changes and was tied six times with the largest lead by either team coming early in the second half when NWU led by nine points.
NWU shot an outstanding 56.5 percent from the floor and 55.6 percent from 3-point range in the first half as they built up a 31-26 halftime lead.
Concordia-Moorhead trailed the final 15 minutes of the first half and didn't get their first lead in the second half until the 12:59 mark when Ryan Hagemeyer made a basket to put the Cobbers up 46-44. They would lead by as many as four points with just over eight minutes to play when the teams began exchanging baskets.
Ryan Thramer hit a pair of free throws with 2:40 to play to put NWU up 58-57, but the Prairie Wolves would only score four more points the rest of the game on a Thramer 3-pointer and free throw as the Cobbers sealed the win.
Thramer led NWU with 17 points and six rebounds going 4-5 from 3-point range and 5-6 at the free throw line. Brandon Arp added 12 points. A bright spot for Nebraska Wesleyan was the return of junior forward Roy O'Neil who played 12 minutes in his first game of the season after missing the first part of the year with a foot injury.
Four players scored double figures for the Cobbers led by John Fraase who had a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds.
NWU will close out 2008 on Wednesday (Dec. 31) when they take on Minnesota-Morris.