Hastings, NE -- The Hastings College men's basketball team was able to stay hot on Wednesday when (RV) Doane came to Lynn Farrell Arena, with the Broncos edging the Tigers 87-81 behind a career night for Kevin Miller (SR/Watts, CA).
The Broncos (5-1, 1-0 GPAC) went behind the Tigers three times in the opening three minutes, but a shot by Shane Chamberlain (FR/Harlan, IA), a three pointer by Brendan Lipovsky (JR/Fairfield, NE), and a free throw by Miller were able to tie the game up on each occasion.
Miller was able to get the Broncos ahead with 17:00 left in the first half with a layup, and the Broncos never gave up the lead after this point.
With a 12-8 lead, the Broncos saw their lead dwindle to 12-11, but answered back with a 10-0 run off shots by Zach Kitten (JR/Hastings, NE) and Zack Johnson (JR/Las Vegas, NV), along with three pointers by Miller and Johnson, putting Hastings ahead 22-11 at the 12:17 mark of the first half.
Doane got within four of the Broncos in the final minutes, but Hastings rattled off another 5-0 run to help them to their 41-35 halftime lead.
It was not until the backend of a pair of free throws was made for Doane that got Tigers within one possession of the Broncos, trailing Hastings 72-69. Johnson was able to make two of his three free throws in the next possession, followed by another Doane basket to make it a 74-71 Broncos lead with 4:50 left in the contest.
Hastings was able to recover from this and fire back with a 9-0 run, including points from Bart Hiscock (JR/Bennington, NE), Miller, Chamberlain, and Logan Cale (JR/Lincoln, NE), to get ahead of the Tigers 83-71 with :58 seconds on the clock en route to their eventual 87-81 upset of Doane.
Leading the Broncos offensively was Miller with a game-high and career-high 30 points. Also in double digits for scoring were Hiscock (15) and Chamberlain (10).
As a team, the Broncos had a shooting percentage of .509 off a 29-for-57 night.
Next for the Broncos is a matchup against the Mount Marty Lancers on Saturday. Tipoff is set for 4 p.m. CST.