Men's Basketball Falls Short in 101-88 Shootout at Nebraska
Nov 27, 2015
UD vs. Nebraska WesleyanLINCOLN, Neb. - Despite five Spartans in double figures, a 55% shooting percentage, and 24 free throw makes, the University of Dubuque men's basketball team fell to Nebraska Wesleyan in the Wesleyan Classic, 101-88, on Friday afternoon.
Senior Andre Norris scored 21 points with 13 boards and junior Jake Weber added 17 points and 10 rebounds, but it wasn't enough against a Nebraska Wesleyan (4-2) team that averages 98.8 points per game.
The Prairie Wolves utilized two 30+ point scorers and converted 17 Spartan turnovers into 26 points. UD (2-2) dropped their second straight and scored just 12 points off only nine Nebraska Wesleyan turnovers.
It was competitive early on with three ties and four lead changes as Nebraska Wesleyan took the halftime lead, 50-45. Senior Mitchell Morrisey hit two free throws to tie it up at 65-65, but the Prairie Wolves took the lead for good at 67-65 with a jumper at the 14:25 mark of the second half. Eight points was the closest the Spartans got as the Prairie Wolves sealed the deal down the stretch.
Norris and Weber combined to shoot 15 of 23 from the field (65.2%) while the rest of the Spartans shot 14-for-30 (46.7%). Senior Jacob Mohlis continued his hot start (18.8 ppg) and hit double figures for the fourth time this season while freshman Deonte Newsome and Morrisey scored 10+ points for the first time this year.
Nebraska Wesleyan, averaging over 36 three-point attempts per game, converted 17 of their 45 shots from downtown in today's matchup. The Prairie Wolves will face the Spartans next season as the newest member of the Iowa Conference in 2016-17.
The Spartans take on Greenville College (Ill.) tomorrow, Saturday, November 28 at 5:30 p.m. in their final game of the Nebraska Wesleyan Classic. Greenville plays a similar uptempo style as Nebraska Wesleyan and was defeated by Central, 122-93, on Friday afternoon.