The Nebraska Wesleyan men shot just 27.4 percent from the floor and hit only 3-22 from 3-point range which led to a 71-57 loss at Concordia University on Wednesday night (Feb. 17) in GPAC men's basketball action.
Concordia celebrated their senior day and final regular season game as senior guard Dustin Weber scored 15 first half points to put the Bulldogs up 36-23 at halftime.
NWU (10-14, 8-9 GPAC) made a valiant comeback to start the second half. The Prairie Wolves opened the half on a 13-3 run and climbed within three points at the 15:09 mark after Jake Spurgeon hit a pair of free throws following a Concordia technical foul.
The Bulldogs (18-11, 12-6 GPAC) would score the next seven points to get the lead back to double digits. NWU would cut down the lead at the 10:16 mark, but that would be as close as the Prairie Wolves would get.
It was a constant struggle for NWU as they just could not get the ball in the hoop. Nebraska Wesleyan made only six field goals in the first half and going 0-7 from 3-point range. The Prairie Wolves weren't much better in the final 20 minutes as they were 11-36 from the floor and 3-15 from beyond the arc.
Jim Lance recorded his first career double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds. The only other player to reach double figures for NWU was Jake Spurgeon with 10.
Weber led Concordia with 20 points followed by Sam Huebner who also posted a double-double with 13 points and 15 rebounds. All 13 of his points came in the second half. The Bulldogs got to the free throw line 35 times converting 22 of them.
Nebraska Wesleyan will try to end the 2009-10 season on a winning note as they close out the year by hosting Morningside College on Feb. 20 at Snyder Arena. The Prairie Wolves will honor their two senior players, Jake Spurgeon and Ryan Thramer, before the contest.