Hastings, NE -- Whether you want to call it a curse our being unlucky or whatever you come up with, the Hastings College men's basketball team could not find a way to defeat the Concordia Bulldogs falling 87-84 Wednesday night in Lynn Farrell Arena.
In a similar fashion to the first time these two teams met, Kevin Miller (SR/Watts, CA) would go down with an injury early in the game and Hastings would struggle to find a groove in the first half taking a double digit deficit into the halftime break.
The Broncos however would find its defensive legs early in the second half out scoring the Bulldogs 19-8 to start the second half to take a 52-51 lead with 12:28 to go in the game.
From here, the Broncos were able to garner some momentum opening up a nine point lead behind buckets from Zach Kitten (JR/Hastings, NE) and 3-pointers from Shane Chamberlain (FR/Harlan, IA) and Bart Hiscock (JR/Bennington, NE) to lead 68-59 with 7:57 to play.
From here, Hastings would maintain a six to 10 point lead until the 3:00 mark when things began to change.
The Broncos struggled on the boards and two second chance buckets helped the Bulldogs go from eight points down to just one point with just :44 to go.
Logan Cale (JR/Lincoln, NE) would get fouled and would make both free throws to grow the lead back to three at 83-80 with :25 to go.
Concordia's Brevin Sloup answered right back with a driving layp to make it 83-82. Shane Chamberlain would then get fouled and would go to the line with :13 to go. He would make one of two free throws and Concordia would call a timeout with :11 to go and the ball at mid-court.
The Bulldogs would get the ball into Tanner Shuck and he would make a very tough step back three over Kitten to give Concordia the 85-84 lead with :03 to go.
The Broncos drew up a play but Brendan Lipovsky (JR/Fairfield, NE) would get called for traveling before getting a shot off as Hastings would eventually fall 87-84.
Lipovsky and Hiscock led Hastings with 21 points each which matched Lipovsky's career high. Kitten added 14 points, Chamberlain finished with 12 and Logan Cale ended the night with 10 points.
The rebounding edge certainly hurt the Broncos as the Bulldogs finished with 38 boards to just 23 for Hastings. That included an 18-to-5 advantage in offensive rebounds.
Shuck led all scorers with a game high 23 points.
Hastings falls to 12-7 (5-6) on the year and will be back in action Saturday Jan. 12 hitting the road to take on Mount Marty with tip-off set for 4:00 p.m. in Yankton, SD.