Doane University shot 58 percent from the field to edge Wayne State 76-72 in non-conference men’s basketball Saturday afternoon at Rice Auditorium.
Wayne State only held two leads in the entire first half – 2-0 and 22-20 with 5:21 to play before intermission.
Doane used hot shooting in the first half, going 7 of 11 behind the arc and 15-27 overall, to build a 37-30 halftime advantage over the Wildcats.
The Wildcats came back in the second half to take a seven point lead at one point. Wayne State used a 10-2 scoring run, turning a 56-55 deficit into a 65-58 lead with 7:14 remaining following a Justin Eagins layup.
The Wildcats still led 69-66 with 3:19 left when Doane scored the next eight points to grab a 74-69 lead with 18 seconds left.
A 3-pointer from Mohr with 11 seconds to play cut the Tiger lead to 74-72, but Doane sealed the win with a pair of Anthony Laravie free throws.
Jordan Janssen poured in 27 points for the Wildcats, making 8-of-15 shots from the field and 11-for-15 at the free throw line. Nate Mohr scored 19 points with Eagins reaching double digits at 10 points.
WSC held a 32-25 advantage in rebounding with Cody McCullough hauling in 12 boards for the Wildcats while Alex Oberhauser snagged eight boards for Doane.
The Wildcats (3-3, 1-0 NSIC) conclude their non-conference schedule Monday evening hosting Nebraska-Kearney in a 7 p.m. contest at Rice Auditorium.
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