Nebraska Wesleyan University senior guard Marcus Minzel scored a team-high 15 points in his last game at Snyder Arena as the Prairie Wolves held off Concordia University, 63-56, on Tuesday night (Feb. 12) in the final regular season home game of the 2007-08 season. NWU improves to 13-9 overall and 7-8 in the GPAC and now has won back-to-back conference games for the first time this season.
Minzel, a senior from Lincoln, Neb., finished 7-15 from the floor and pulled down a career-high nine rebounds in front of several family members and friends.
NWU led 28-21 at halftime as the Prairie Wolves held Concordia to just 24.0 percent shooting from the floor.
Concordia (10-17, 4-12) continued to chip away at the lead through the second half. The Bulldogs got the lead down to two points at 54-52 with 3:54 to play, but they could get no closer. With a three-point lead, and under one minute to play, NWU missed the front end of a one-and-one, but the rebound went off the Bulldogs and NWU retained possession. Kyle Eller then sealed the win by going 3-4 from the free throw line.
Three players reached double figures in scoring for NWU. Besides Minzel's 15, Ryan Thramer scored 12 points and Dylan Aylward added 10.
Concordia was led by Dustin Weber who scored 16 points. GPAC Player-of-the-Week Scott Hannon scored 15 points but was held to just 5-13 shooting. Benjamin Buhr also reached double figures with 13 points.
Nebraska Wesleyan, which moves into seventh place in the GPAC standings, will travel to Sioux Falls, S.D., this Saturday (Feb. 16) to take on the University of Sioux Falls at 4 p.m.