Men's Basketball Split at Wheaton Tournament, Win Consolation

Dec 31, 2019


5 PM - Hanover College vs. University of Dubuque BOX SCORE
7 PM - Wheaton College vs. Saint Mary's University (Minn.)

2 PM - Consolation Game UD vs SMU BOX SCORE
4 PM - Championship Game

The tournament will feature live video available on the Wheaton Thunder Sports Network HERE and HERE. Additionally, live in-game statistics will be available HERE.

WHEATON, Ill. - The University of Dubuque men's basketball team opened the Wheaton Thunder Holiday Tournament with a 57-65 loss to Hanover College and bounced back on Tuesday to win the consolation game over Saint Mary's University (MN) 75-69.

Mitch Burger led the Spartans offense on the opening day with 16 points after sinking 4-10 from beyond the arc. Henry Thompson added 11 points and was 3-8 from the outside. Peter Ragen led the rebounding and would finish the afternoon with 12 boards including 11 defensive grabs. Hanover committed just 10 fouls and UD would only get to the free throw line once and sank both shot attempts by Carter Stevens. The Spartans made 23-66 attempts from the field (34.8%) and 9-37 from the three point area (24.3%).UD comitted 20 fouls and were out rebounded 40-47 in the loss.

The Spartans faced Saint Mary's University on Tuesday, Dec, 31 and pulled away in the final minutes to capture the consolation game 75-69 and improve their overall record to 8-3. 

The Spartans Mitch Burger was named to the Wheaton Thunder Holiday All-Tournament Team. He would finish Tuesday afternoon with 15 points after sinking all six of his free throw attempts. UD was led in scoring by Luke Harper who had the hot hand from teh outside, sinking 5-6 attempts from the three point area and 4-5 at the free throw line. Carter Stevens and Peter Ragen would both finish with nine points and Keegan Zimmerman led in rebounding with 10 boards.

UD was 22-57 from the field (38.6%), 9-24 from the three piont area (37.5%), and 22-28 from the line (78.6%). Saint Mary's held a slim edge in rebounding 43-39.

The Spartans continue road play when they travel to Waverly to face the Wartburg College Knights in American Rivers Conference action on Saturday, Jan. 4 at 4 p.m.