Release Courtesy of Nebraska Wesleyan Athletics
Nebraska Wesleyan outscored rival Doane 40-17 in the second half to pull away for a big 86-58 victory over the Tigers on Senior Night on Wednesday (Feb. 19) at Snyder Arena.
With the victory, the Prairie Wolves secure a spot in the GPAC Postseason Tournament which begins next Wednesday (Feb. 26).
NWU jumped out to an early 12-1 lead in the game and never let Doane lead in the game. The Tigers did however get within one point several times in the first half as the two teams were trading baskets. Doane did tie the game at 41-41 with 2:35 before half. Both teams shot lights out in the first half with NWU hitting 55.6 percent and Doane making 51.9 percent.
It was the Nick Reed show in the first half for Doane as he scored 22 points in the first half and went over 2,000 for his career. NWU answered with guards Eric Jackson and Trey Bardsley who combined to hit five 3-pointers as the Prairie Wolves led 46-41 at the half.
NWU came out in the second half and went on an 18-7 run to build up a 16 point lead. The Prairie Wolves defense then took over as they limited Doane to just four points over nearly an eight minute period from 10:43-3:03 as NWU built up a 80-54 lead.
A pair of seniors, Eric Jackson and Trevor Johnson, led the Prairie Wolves on senior night. Jackson had a game-high 23 points on 5-8 from 3-point range. Johnson just missed a double-double with 19 points and nine rebounds. Trey Bardsley also ended in double figures with 15 points and five assists.
Reed finished with 30 points to lead Doane.
It was the final home game at Snyder Arena for seven NWU seniors. The Prairie Wolves close out the regular season on Saturday (Feb. 22) with a trip to Yankton, S.D., to face Mount Marty College.