Spartans Suffer Loss in Back and Forth Game vs NWU

Jan 14, 2017

Box Score

LINCOLN, Neb. – The University of Dubuque Men’s Basketball Team suffered a heartbreaking loss on Saturday night, falling to Nebraska Wesleyan 91-95.

The Spartans got off to a slow start as they trailed by as much as 13 points in the first half. UD continued to fight and tied the game up at 41-41 at halftime, thanks to a three pointer from Henry Thompson right before the halftime buzzer.

The Spartans carried that momentum over to the second half as they jumped out to a quick eight point lead in the second half but that would not last long as NWU answered with a rally of their own. In the last 2:15 of the game, there were two ties and four lead changes. Trailing by two points with 1:27 remaining, Deonte Newsome hit a clutch three pointer to give the Spartans a one point lead. After NWU responded to take yet another lead, Jake Weber hit a clutch layup to give the Spartans a one point lead with 52 seconds remaining. However, NWU converted on layup with 37 seconds left to take the lead and the Spartans could not quite will their way to one more basket and NWU sealed the game with late free throws.

Jake Weber continued to be a dominate force for the Spartans as he dropped 30 points on 11-16 shooting and grabbed 19 rebounds to continue to lead NCAA DIII in double-doubles. Kyle Bauer stepped up once again in the absence of TJ Lake, scoring 18 points. Jamaree Atwater and Jacob Mohlis also reached double figures scoring with 13 and 11 points, respectively. UD scored 11 more bench points than the Prairie Wolves, but NWU outscored UD 16-42 on bench points.

The Spartans have a quick turnaround as they take on Luther College at home on Monday night at 8:00 p.m.