Nebraska Wesleyan, the leading defensive team in the GPAC, allowed a season-high 78 points on Wednesday night (Jan. 4) in a 78-70 loss at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa in GPAC men's basketball action.
It marks the third straight loss for the Prairie Wolves who fall below .500 for the first time this season at 6-7 overall and 2-6 in GPAC play.
The Prairie Wolves were outscored by 12 points at the free throw line and got just three points from their two starting shooting guards in the loss. Leading scorer Eric Jackson, who had 20 points in the most recent game, was held scoreless in the game while Andy Schweitzer had only three.
Despite that, the Prairie Wolves still had opportunities in the end. After falling behind by as many as 13 points in the second half, Nebraska Wesleyan cut the lead down to four points in the final five minutes.
NWU then trailed by six points, 72-66, with 2:21 remaining as Tim Schweitzer hit a layup. The Prairie Wolves had a chance to cut the lead even more by were unable to score on their next two offensive possessions. Morningside iced the game with six free throws to close the game.
Three players scored in double figures for NWU. Trevor Johnson and Nick Dinan both had 14 points, while Tim Schweitzer scored 10 in his second career start. Johnson had the first double-double of the season for a NWU player as he added 10 rebounds with his 14 points.
Five different players scored in double figures for Morningside led by Bryan Borchers with 20 points.