Nebraska Wesleyan shot 63.8 percent from the field and Eric Jackson scored a career-high 29 points as the Prairie Wolves got their biggest win of the season with a 95-84 upset over #5 Dordt College on Saturday (Jan. 21) at Snyder Arena in Lincoln.
NWU snaps their 10-game losing streak to ranked opponents and gets their first win over a ranked team since beating #8 Briar Cliff on Jan. 30, 2010. It is also the third straight time that NWU has defeated Dordt in Lincoln.
The Prairie Wolves came out on fire to start the game as they led 30-14 with just over 11 minutes left in the first half. Both teams shot over 60 percent in the first half of play and Dordt hit a 3-pointer at the halftime buzzer to pull within six at 51-45 heading in to the halftime break.
It looked like Dordt would flex their muscle and show why they are the top team in the GPAC as they opened the half on a 11-2 run to take a 56-53 lead at the 17:22 mark.
NWU did not back down as they regained the lead on a 3-pointer by Jackson at the 14:30 mark to go up 60-57 and the Prairie Wolves would never trail again. Dordt climbed back to within five points at 74-69 with 6:36 left but Jackson made another 3-pointer and two free throws to put NWU up 10 and for good.
Jackson had a huge game for the Prairie Wolves scoring a career-high 29 points. After struggling from beyond the arc in the past two games, Jackson was 7-8 from the 3-point line, 8-13 from the floor and a perfect 6-6 at the free throw line for 29 points.
Senior point guard Nick Dinan had a season-high scoring 16 points to go along with four assists and three steals. Trent Scheitel came off the bench to score 11 points, while Tim Schweitzer went 6-9 at the free throw line to add 10 points. Trevor Johnson led NWU with six assists to go along with nine points.
NWU scored 95 points, which was the highest point total in a GPAC game since the 2002-03 season when they scored 97 against Hastings.
Dordt had all five starters score in double figures led by Jordan Vogel with 16 points. Vogel fouled out with 7:10 left in the second game. He was one of four Dordt players that fouled out in the game.
Nebraska Wesleyan improves to 8-10 overall, 4-9 in GPAC and will travel to Midland on Wednesday night in Fremont. Dordt falls to 19-3, 10-3 in GPAC play.