HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - The Hastings College men's basketball team struggled to shot the ball from deep, as they only made 2-of-20 from behind the three-point line falling to Concordia University 83-62.
The Broncos 9-10 (2-7) started off the game with a big and-one foul on Zach Kitten (SR/Hastings, NE) as his free throw would give his team their largest lead of the game. From there on out the Bulldogs dominated the court, quickly stretching their lead up to 10 after a three-pointer halfway through the first half.
Failure to connect on shots deep would be the downfall for Hastings, as Concordia would build their lead up to 16. Broncos led by a three-point play by Ryan Ierna (SR/Clearwater, FL) and a basket by Kitten would cut into the Bulldogs lead as they entered halftime trailing 39-27.
Struggling to shooting the ball, the Broncos only shot 40% from the field going 10-for-25 from the field and 1-for-9 behind the arc.
Coming out of the half, Concordia would pick up where they left off as they would make the first three baskets before Hastings could put point on the board. While trailing 61-38, Hastings would make some noise by going on a 7-0 run cutting the Bulldogs lead to just 16.
Concordia would bounce back by building their lead back up to 23 after a three-point play with 6:17 left in the game.
As the game continued on, the Broncos just could not find a way to catch up to the Bulldogs as the Broncos would fall 83-62.
Kitten led the way for Hastings scoring 15 points on 5-of-8 shooting. Hiscock followed Kitten with 14 points. Ierna shot the ball well as he put up 13 points on 5-for-6 shooting and led the Broncos with eight rebounds. Mason Hiemstra (FR/Alliance , NE) went 3-on-5 shooting for eight points and added seven rebounds and four assists.
The Broncos struggled from behind the charity strike going 14-25, whereas the Bulldogs were perfect 7-for-7 on the night.
Hastings falls to 9-10 on the year and will be back in action Wednesday Jan. 15th as the Broncos travel to take on the Warriors of Midland with tip off set for 8:00 p.m. CT.