For the first time since the 2001-02 season, the Nebraska Wesleyan men's basketball team won its third straight Great Plains Athletic Conference game as the Prairie Wolves defeated Mount Marty, 73-59, on Saturday afternoon (Feb. 6) at Snyder Arena in Lincoln.
The Prairie Wolves led the entire game for the second straight game and shot over 50 percent for the third game in a row as NWU evens their GPAC record at 7-7, 9-12 overall.
NWU jumped out quick as they got out to an early 12-2 lead after the first five minutes. The Prairie Wolves were lights out shooting from the floor in the first half as they hit 68.2 percent from the field in the first half shooting 15-22 to give NWU a 39-24 lead at halftime.
Mount Marty clawed back to within seven points at 43-36 at the 15:22 mark, but that was as close as the Lancers could get.
From the 11:32 mark to the 4:28 point in the second half, NWU outscored the Lancers 16-5 to pull away late.
NWU finished the game shooting 53.7 percent from the floor, and were 4-8 from 3-point range. The Prairie Wolves also outrebounded the Lancers, 37-28.
It was another balanced scoring night for NWU as they had four players score in double figures. Three guys scored 12 points with Jim Lance, Nick Dinan and Bryce Arp all hitting 12 points. Ryan Thramer added 11, while Jake Spurgeon dished out six assists.
Weston Kusser was the only Mount Marty player to score in double figures at 12 points.
Nebraska Wesleyan will hope to carry their momentum on the road as they have four straight road games starting on Tuesday at Midland Lutheran.