SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — It took two overtime periods but the University of Sioux Falls men’s basketball team defeated No. 22 Dakota Wesleyan University (19-7 overall, 9-6 GPAC) at the Stewart Center tonight.
No. 17 USF (17-6 overall, 10-3 GPAC) was led by Kelly Hubbard’s (Sr.; Carson, Calif.) 30 points. Senior center De’Shawn Howard (Tucson, Ariz.) paced the Cougars on the boards with nine rebounds to go with game-high five blocks and five points. Senior Ronnell Grant (Tucson, Ariz.) and sophomore David Maxwell (Parkston, S.D.) tallied 20 and 21 points, respectively.
DWU scored the opening bucket and tied the score five times in the opening 20 minutes, but USF never gave up the lead. Two free throw shots by Maxwell ended the first half with USF up 28-25.
It was a layup by Larry Swan with 9:35 left in the game that gave DWU their first lead of the game, up 47-46. The Tigers used the momentum to run to a five point lead and held a three point lead with 19 seconds remaining in the contest. With USF facing what would likely be their last possession, Grant hit a three pointer in the corner to tie the game at 69. After a timeout by DWU, Swan was able to get a decent look that had the ball loop around the basket, but rolled out to force the first overtime.
USF was able to build as much as a four point lead in the extra period and two successful free throws by Grant earned a three point advantage with 22 seconds left. On their final possession of the overtime, DWU dished the ball out to the top of the key where Chase Walder hit a three point attempt to tie the game at 80, pushing the game to its second overtime.
The second overtime period was tied four times, but two free throws by freshman Alex Robey (Sioux Falls, S.D.) with 28 seconds pushed the Cougar lead to 92-89. DWU missed a three point attempt and Maxwell drained two free throws with five seconds left to cap the game at 94-89.
USF will travel to Seward, Neb. to face Concordia University (14-9 overall, 8-5 GPAC) this Saturday, Feb. 5