Early Second Half Run Sparks Undefeated Tigers

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Doane used an early second half run to overcome a deficit as the Tigers won 81-63 over Bethel College (Kan.) in men's basketball action on Saturday afternoon in Hastings. The victory moved the Tigers to 9-0 on the season, setting a school-best mark for wins to open a season during the modern era (since 1985-86). Bethel dropped to 1-8 on the year.


The Threshers trailed Doane for only 43 seconds in the first half as they were able to control the tempo of the game. The Tigers' only lead was 5-4 at the 17:51 mark as Domonique Smith knocked down a three-point basket. Bethel built their largest lead of nine points with 8:06 to go in the first half, 25-16. They equaled the mark with the score 27-18 with 6:20 to go in the half.


Doane battled back to draw within one point following an 8-0 run by Shavontae Samuels. Samuels had a jumper and two three-point baskets over a two minute stretch. Bethel was able to build the lead back to four points but a Connor Beranek three-pointer just before the halftime buzzer sounded left the Threshers with a 32-31 lead at the break.


The Tigers struggled from the floor in the first half, shooting 38-percent from the floor and 44-percent from the free throw line. The team's 31 points was the lowest first half total of the season. Bethel shot 41-percent from the field but only 29-percent from the charity stripe.


Beranek's three-point basket just before halftime was the spark the Tigers needed as they came out of the break with a 10-0 run in the first three minutes of play. Nick Reed had two baskets plus one assist during the run for Doane. Bethel picked up a basket to end the Doane run and pull within seven points, 41-34, but would not get any closer as the Tigers led by double figures through most of the second half.


Doane blistered the nets in the second half, shooting 58-percent from the field and 75-percent from the free throw line. Bethel was limited to 30-percent shooting but did shoot well at the free throw line over the final 20 minutes, hitting 88-percent of their attempts. The Tigers also took care of the ball in the second half, committing only two turnovers.


For the game, Beranek led the Tigers with a game-high 19 points. Smith posted 17 points, knocking down three shots from behind the three-point arc. Samuels added 15 points and Reed finished with 14 for the Tigers. Beranek and Reed recorded double-doubles as they each pulled down 10 rebounds.


Ronnie Hodge led Bethel with 17 points, going 4-of-6 from behind the arc. Adam Arciniega posted a double-double with 12 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. Jermaine Howard had a game-high five assists.


Doane will return to GPAC play on November 28 when they return to Hastings to take on the Broncos in an 8 PM tip-off.