HASTINGS, Neb - For the second consecutive matchup between the Hastings College men's basketball team and the Northwestern Red Raiders, the Red Raiders scored 94 points. Despite allowing 94 points in both occurances, the Broncos were able to hit the century-mark. The Broncos defeated the Red Raiders 106-94 in Orange City on January 13th, 2018, the last time the Broncos were able to get to 100 until their matchup on Saturday where they defeated the Red Raiders 100-94 in Lynn Farrell Arena.
Kevin Miller (SR/Watts, CA), Shane Chamberlain (FR/Harlan, IA), and Bart Hiscock (JR/Bennington, NE) got things going from the start for the Broncos (10-4, 5-3 GPAC), each making a three-point shot to take give the Broncos a 9-0 lead only 1:17 into the game.
Down 13-5, the Red Raiders went on a 7-0 run to get within one of the Broncos, leading to a back-and-forth fight to a 20-19 Broncos lead. Zack Johnson (JR/Las Vegas, NV) and Eli Hunter (JR/Grand Island, NE) hit a pair of three-pointers to get their lead to seven over the Red Raiders.
The Red Raiders followed the shots by Johnson and Hunter with a 14-0 run.
Both teams fought tooth and nail to a 42-42 tie with 2:03 left in the first half. It was not until 48 seconds left that the tie was broken, when Zach Kitten (JR/Hastings, NE) got a catch-and-shoot to make it a 44-42 Broncos lead heading into halftime.
The Broncos were able to maintain their lead for the first 2:07 of the second half until Trent Hilbrands made a three pointer.
Te Red Raiders were able to keep their lead for a little over six minutes, but the Broncos fought back, a battle that included a three-pointer at 14:46 on the clock by Bart Hiscock. This shot was the shot that put Hiscock in an exclusive group of Broncos to get 1,000 career points.
A three-pointer by Johnson got the Broncos ahead 66-64. This ended up being the final lead change of the contest as the Broncos built their lead to 12 and were able to fight off the Red Raiders' offensive push in the closing moments to get the 100-94 victory.
It was only fitting that the Broncos were lead by Hiscock, who finished with 27 points, and raised his career total to 1,013 points. Hiscock took a very humble approach to reaching this milestone, saying that "it was a good team win. Would have liked to play a little better defense at the end. Glad my 1,000 poiint mark came in a win."
Where Hiscock took a humble approach, Head Coach Bill Gavers took a moment to praise his junior forward, saying that "Bart has been remarkable. Coming into this year, he set a goal for himself to reall increase his daily work effort. To push harder and things like that. Gavers said. "I can't say enough about him. [Hitting] 1,000 points halfway through your junior season is pretty impressive."
Three other Broncos clocked in at double-digit scoring, with Miller at 21 points, Brendan Lipovsky (JR/Fairfield, NE) tallying 18, and Johnson at 17.
As a team, the Broncos were lights out, shooting at a .448 percentage, including 14-for-28 from beyond the arc. The Broncos also saw 34 of their points come from the free throw line. Lipovsky went 11-for-12, Miller 9-for-10, and Hiscock 8-for-9. The Broncos were a collective 34-for-37 from the charity stripe.
Next for the Broncos is a three games in three days span starting Monday. They will first play Tabor at Lynn Farrell Arena on Monday at 2 p.m. CST. Following this, they will travel to Kearney on Tuesday to take on the NCAA Division-II Nebraska - Kearney Lopers in an 8 p.m. CST exhibition match. After that, the Broncos will travel up to Sioux Falls, S.D., on Wednesday to take on another NCAA Division-II foe in the Augustana Vikings. That exhibition match is set to start at 8:30 p.m. CST