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#12 Senior Grant Wragge drives to the hoop for a layup

 

Photo Courtesy of Olivia Dunklau

By Olivia Dunklau

 

The Bulldogs beat the Hastings college Broncos 106-73 at home Wednesday night, bringing their record to 16-8 overall. 

In the first half, junior Carter Kent scored the first points for the Bulldogs, dropping a three-pointer. Both teams were shooting better than 50 percent midway through the first half, tied at 25-25. Nearing the end of the first half, Kent had nailed five shots from behind the three-point line. Not far behind was senior Sam Scarpelli with three, three-pointers in the first. Kent ended the first half with 15 points, helping the Bulldogs stay ahead of the Broncos at halftime, leading 58-42.

After going 12 for 22 in three-point shots, the Bulldogs carried that same momentum into the second half. Hitting a few threes of his own, junior Gage Smith, earned his ninth double-double of the season with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Junior standout Justin Wiersema hit double digits scoring a total of 16 points and six assists. In his 26th straight game in a row, Wiersema and Morningside College’s Trey Brown are the only two players in the Great Plains Athletic Conference to score 10 or more points in every game this season. 

Halfway into the second half, the Bulldogs pushed ahead to a solid lead of 82-60. Adding more three-pointers to the Bulldog’s score was senior Thomas Young and sophomore Jackson Hirschfeld. The team finished with 19 three-pointers, breaking the previous season record of 14 in one game. Kent landed himself a total of 19 points and seven assists. 

The team also totaled 30 assists with only seven turnovers the entire game. This win was number 250 for Coach Ben Limback as a college head coach. 

The Bulldogs will finish out the regular season against Doane University on Saturday, Feb. 20 at home with tipoff at 4 p.m. 

 

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