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Nebraska Wesleyan limited Dakota Wesleyan to just 35.8 percent shooting and only 48 points as the Prairie Wolves defeated the Tigers, 63-48, in GPAC men's basketball action on Saturday at Snyder Arena.
With the victory, NWU pulls within 1 1/2 games of DWU and remains in the hunt for the eighth spot in the GPAC Postseason Tournament. The Prairie Wolves improve to 12-12 overall and 7-12 in GPAC play, while the Tigers fall to 13-15, 8-10.
NWU built up a 29-18 halftime lead limiting Dakota Wesleyan to only 25.0 percent shooting. NWU's offensive attack was keyed by freshman Trey Bardsley who came off the bench to knock down three 3-pointers and score 11 first half points.
In the second half, DWU made a run and cut the lead to three points at 44-41 with 11:10 to play. The Prairie Wolves answered with a run of their own outscoring the Tigers 15-3 over the next six minutes to build up a 59-44 lead.
Much like the first meeting between the two teams, Nebraska Wesleyan led by 13 with just under four minutes to play. In the first game in Mitchell, the Tigers rallied for the win. It wasn't the case on Saturday as NWU put the clamps down defensively and held on for the 15-point win.
Eric Jackson led the way for the Prairie Wolves with 16 points, hitting four 3-pointers. His four 3-pointers now puts him third on the NWU all-time career charts.
Jonah Bradley scored in double figures for the fifth straight game with 13 points, while Bardsley chipped in 11.
Jalen Voss led DWU with another double-double of 17 points, 11 rebounds.
This sets up another huge game in the season finale for the Prairie Wolves when they host Doane College on Wednesday night.