Nebraska Wesleyan completed the season sweep of rival Doane College with a 67-61 victory over the Tigers in GPAC men's basketball action on Wednesday night (Feb. 15) at the Haddix Center in Crete, Neb. The victory clinches a spot in the GPAC Postseason Tournament for the Prairie Wolves.
It will be the first ever appearance for NWU in the GPAC Tournament with the complete seedings released Saturday night. The quarterfinals begin on Feb. 22 at the home site of the highest seeded team.
NWU now holds a two-game advantage in the all-time series with the rival Tigers.
Nebraska Wesleyan had to hold off a rally at the end to earn the hard fought five-point victory. The Prairie Wolves went 5-8 from the free throw line in the final minute of the game and held Doane without a field goal on their final two possessions to earn the win.
Leading 62-59 with under a minute to play, Eric Jackson stepped up to the free throw line and went 2-2. On the Tigers possession, Josh Riser drove the lane but missed a layup and Tim Schweitzer secured the rebound. Schweitzer went 1-2 at the foul line to put NWU up by five. Doane missed a 3-pointer on their next time down the floor and Andy Schweitzer pulled down the board and the win.
NWU led 33-24 at halftime despite having a drought of nearly seven minutes without a point. The Prairie Wolves were held scoreless from the 14:56 mark to the 8:29 mark in the first half, but held the lead the entire time.
Trevor Johnson finished with a team-high 16 points to pace the Prairie Wolves while Eric Jackson also had double figures with 11 points.
Josh Riser led Doane with 21 points, while Nick Reed scored 13.