Hastings, NE -- The Hastings College men's basketball team was looking to add another signature win to its post season resume but the Broncos could not over come a sluggish performance falling 79-60 to Dakota Wesleyan on Saturday afternoon inside Lynn Farrell Arena.
Hastings certainly had its chances early on as the 15th rated team in the NAIA came out ice cold missing its first seven 3-pointers. DWU also missed its first seven shots of the game and were held scoreless four nearly the first four minutes but Hastings was only able to muster a 6-0 lead.
From here the game remained close throughout the first half as Dakota Wesleyan would carry a 36-31 lead into halftime.
The start of the second half had a different feel as Hastings struggled to get much going while the Tigers began the half making its first six shots building a quick 16 point lead and never looked back.
It was just not the night the Broncos were needing as Hastings recorded just nine assists in the loss.
Kevin Miller (SR/Watts, CA) led Hastings with 19 points on 8-of-17 shooting while Brendan Lipovsky (JR/Fairfield, NE) finished with a double-double 12 points and a career high 16 boards. Bart Hiscock (JR/Bennington, NE) also added 12 points.
There have been many games where Hastings was able to utilize the free throw line with its attacking style of offense but Hastings was only able to get to the line five times and finished the night just 6-for-10 from the charity stripe.
Hastings struggled to slow down Nick Harden as he finished with a game high 28 points on 12-for-23 shooting.
With the loss, the Broncos are now 14-8 (7-7) on the season and will be back in action Thursday Jan. 24 hitting the road to take on Morningside with tip-off set for 8:00 p.m. in Sioux City, IA.