Men's Basketball

Cold Shooting Dooms NWU in Loss to Lancers

Release Courtesy of Nebraska Wesleyan Athletics

The Prairie Wolves shooting from 3-point range was as cold as the temperatures outside Snyder Arena as Nebraska Wesleyan dropped a disappointing 68-56 game to Mount Marty College in GPAC men's basketball action Saturday (Jan. 4).

Mount Marty picked up its first conference win of the year and just their second overall win as they improve to 2-13 overall.  NWU falls back below .500 in league play at 3-4, 8-4 overall.

Nebraska Wesleyan never got into an offensive rhythm as Mount Marty led for 35 minutes of the game and took advantage of the poor shooting by the Prairie Wolves.

NWU finished 3-24 from 3-point range missing their first 16 from long range with two of their trifectas coming in the final 30 seconds.

Despite going 0-10 from long range in the first half, NWU still trailed by only three points at 27-24.  Mount Marty was red hot from outside going 6-11 in the first half and 9-17 for the game.

The Prairie Wolves constantly were looking for an offensive spark in the second half as Mount Marty led by as many as nine points.

With 5:12 left in the game, Trey Bardlsey knocked down a 3-pointer from the corner for the first made three of the game and cut the lead down to 48-44 switching momentum the way of the Prairie Wolves.  On the next possession, Tyler Payer got an uncontested 3-pointer and knocked it down getting the lead back to seven points and sparking a 7-0 run.

NWU couldn't answer as they dropped a much needed GPAC home game as next week the Prairie Wolves face a pair of nationally-ranked opponents.  NWU finished the game shooting 38.6 percent, but actually hit 57.6 percent from 2-point range.

Jonah Bradley led the NWU scoring with 20 points hitting 7-17, but just 2-9 from 3-point range.  Tim Schweitzer was a perfect 4-4 from the floor for 10 points. 

Four players scored in double figures for Mount Marty led by Tyler Payer with 21 points on 5-10 from long range.  Bud Smith and Nermin Krdzalic each scored 14 and Alex Irvine added 10.  The Lancers shot 52.8 percent and held a +8 advantage on the glass.