Nebraska-Wesleyan hit 14 of 17 three pointers in the first half…and finished the game with 20 treys and after shooting a blistering 72% in the first half, held on to upset 8th ranked 110-108. Trey Bardsley of Beatrice led the Prairie Wolves with with 28 points, and he also had a team-high eight assists with three steals. This follows up his performance on Saturday when he scored 48 points in a 111-99 win. He was named Great Plains Athletic Conference player of the week.
Nebraska Wesleyan opened the game making their first 12 shot attempts of the game, including 7-7 from 3-point range as the Prairie Wolves built up an early double digit lead. NWU continued their scorching shooting the rest of the half at a rate of 72.4 percent from the field and 82.4 from 3-point range. The Prairie Wolves were 14-17 from 3-point land in the first half and led 65-46 at the break.
Midland, who had held their last three opponents under 57 points, battled back hard in the 2nd half but NWU continued to answer. The Warriors got to six points with 13:53 remaining, but NWU responded and got back up by 13 points.
Bardsley hit a pair of free throws with 1:59 remaining giving NWU a 108-97 lead. From there, Midland got a 3-pointer by Galen Gullie who was fouled on the make. He missed the FT attempt, but the Warriors got the rebound and Jalen Hueser knocked in a 3-pointer for a six point possession making the score 108-103. NWU missed a layup and Midland quickly hit a layup to cut the lead to 108-105 with 1:25 left.
A missed 3-pointer by Bardsley, gave Midland the ball with a chance to tie and they did just that on a 3-pointer by Jesse Jones with :44 remaining. NWU drove down the lane for a layup with :25 left but missed, however Midland was out of bounds when they got the rebound giving NWU the ball for the last shot.
Story courtesy nwusports.com