Nebraska Wesleyan's tough defense shut down Midland Lutheran and did not allow them to get a shot as time expired with the Prairie Wolves holding on for a one-point 63-62 victory in Great Plains Athletic Conference men's basketball action on Monday night (Jan. 18) at Snyder Arena in Lincoln.
The Warriors (3-18, 1-8 GPAC) had two chances in the final 10 seconds to take the lead but were not able to convert either one. Jason Ahrens came down and attempted a contested jump shot with eight seconds to play but missed and Brett Potter corralled the rebound for NWU.
Potter missed the front end of the 1-and-1 giving the Warriors one last chance. Ahrens drove the ball the length of the court, but the stifling defense of Mitch Liberty didn't allow him to get a shot off as he traveled as time expired.
The victory moves NWU to 4-4 in GPAC play and 6-9 overall. NWU came out flat in the first half and trailed 32-23 at intermission after shooting 36.0 from the floor.
In the second half, the Prairie Wolves came out on a mission and shot 55.0 percent from the floor to outscore the Warriors by 10 points in the second half.
NWU finally took over the lead at the 13:31 mark and led for the next five minutes, before Midland took the lead then tied the game at 55-55 with 7:04 to play. The lead would get no bigger than four points and was just two with under two minutes to play until Jake Spurgeon hit a big 3-pointer to put NWU up 63-58. NWU wouldn't score again, but their defense held off the Warriors.
Jim Lance led NWU with 14 points, while Bryce Arp came off the bench for a solid game with 11 points and eight rebounds. Nick Dinan also reached double figures with 10 points. Spurgeon had eight points and seven assists.
For Midland Lutheran, Alex Knobbe scored 17 points to lead the Warriors.