Nebraska Wesleyan went 13:22 in the second half without a field goal as Midland turned a four-point game into a 24 point game as the Warriors defeated the Prairie Wolves 61-38 in GPAC men's basketball action on Tuesday night (Dec. 20) at Snyder Arena in Lincoln.
Midland (10-5, 5-3 GPAC) led 29-23 at halftime, but Nick Dinan came out on the Prairie Wolves first possession and knocked down a jump shot from the top of the key to pull within four points at 29-25 at the 19:26 mark. From there, the NWU offense went ice cold and managed just three made free throws until the drought finally ended with 6:04 to play as Sass Karamae made a layup in the paint.
In the second half the Prairie Wolves shots just 21.4 percent, 0-6 from 3-point range and scored just 38 points, the lowest point total for a NWU men's team since the 1951-52 season.
Midland was held nine points behind their scoring average and only shot 37.9 percent from the field but it was more than enough on Tuesday.
The Warriors led the entire game as they scored the opening 3-pointer of the game and never trailed again. The Prairie Wolves were within three points late in the second half after a 3-pointer by Eric Jackson to pull them to 21-18. The closest they would get again was the four point margin to start the second half.
Midland, which had defeated two straight NAIA II ranked teams and was receiving votes in the latest Top 25 poll, had Galen Gullie and Ben Imig each score 11 points.
No NWU player scored in double figures as they were led by Trent Scheitel's nine points. The starting five for NWU combined to score only 15 points.
Nebraska Wesleyan will now have 10 days off before returning to the court to face Westminster in a nonconference game in Fulton, Mo., on Dec. 30.