HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - The Hastings College men's basketball team took on the Red Raiders of Northwestern College and fell 76-64 on Saturday afternoon in Lynn Farrell Arena.
Coach Bill Gavers talks to his bench during a free throw attempt
The Broncos came up short this afternoon taking on the NWC after overcoming a 17-point deficit at halftime, HC was able to bring it to within 4 points at one point in the fourth.
Northwestern would come out the gate opening the game to a quick 6-2 lead, before a 3-pointer from Mason Hiemstra (FR/Alliance , NE) and a couple baskets by Bart Hiscock (SR/Bennington, NE) would bring the Bronco within one as they trailed 11-9 with 15:16 left in the first half. The Red Raiders would go ahead and extend their lead back up to double digits after a basket with 10:33 left would give the NWC a 23-13 lead.
The damage would stop there as Northwestern would increase the lead to as much as 20 before the first half was over. A foul with just three second left on Mason Hiemstra would send him to the line as he would cut the lead to 17. Hastings would go into the half trailing 45-28.
Coming out of half, the Broncos and Red Raiders would go back and forth, as HC was able to cut into the lead bit by bit and was able to cut it under 10 with a basket by Zach Kitten (SR/Hastings, NE) with 13:36 left would make it a 52-43 game. A big three-pointer from Bart Hiscock, who has finally recovered from an illness, would make it a six-point game on the Broncos next possession.
For the next three minutes of play, neither team would be able to get the ball to go through the net until Hiscock made a pair of free throws to make it a two-possession score with 9:11 left in the game. Northwestern was able to gain a little ground pushing the lead back to nine but the Broncos would again make it a four-point game after Brendan Lipovsky (SR/Fairfield, NE) made a pair of free throws with 5:21 left to go in the game.
The Broncos were just unable to catch up the big lead and would go on to fall to the Red Raiders 76-64.
Hiscock would go on to lead the Broncos offensively as he put up 27 points on 10-of-19 shooting and picked up 7 rebounds as well. Lipovsky had 15 points on 6-for-12 shooting and added 10 rebounds for his first double-double. Hiemstra would go 3-for-15 adding 9 points and 8 assists. Zach Kitten would add 6 points on 3-of-5 shooting.
Northwestern won the rebounding battle 41-to-34.
Hastings falls to 13-12 on the year and will be back in action next Saturday Feb. 8th as the Broncos with host University of Jamestown with tip-off set for 3:00 p.m. CT.