Chase Parsons hit a pair of 3-point field goals in the final :40 to rally Midland University to a 77-75 win over Dakota Wesleyan on Wednesday night at the Wikert Event Center.
The Warriors trailed 45-33 at halftime and the deficit grew to 54-36 on a Nygel Drury free throw with 15:03 remaining. Midland responded with a 17-5 run during the next six minutes that was capped by a Parsons free throw to make it 59-53.
Two more Parsons free throws gave MU a 66-65 lead with 5:33 left, but the Tigers answered with a 10-5 run. Ty Hoglund had a pair of 3-point field goals during the surge that culminated with a Jason Spicer layup with 1:38 left.
Following a Midland turnover and a missed DWU shot, Parsons made a 3 with :40 left and then hit the game winner 35 seconds later.
DWU had a shot late that would have tied it, but Hoglund’s contested shot was no good.
Sophomore Ryan Williams led the Warriors with 24 points and hit 10 of 18 shots from the field. Parsons added 18 points while Marti Fonolla contributed 13 points and six rebounds. TK Dixson added 11 points.
Hoglund finished with 19 points and went 4-for-8 from the 3-point line. Spicer netted 18 points, including 14 in the first half. Trae Vandeberg added 13 points. Collin Kramer contributed 12 points and nine rebounds.
The win improves the Warriors to 5-2 overall, including 1-1 in the Great Plains Athletic Conference. Midland hosts Haskell Indian Nations University at 4 Saturday afternoon in the Draemel Classic. On Sunday, Midland will play Bellevue at 3 p.m.
The Tigers, 5-4, 1-2 GPAC, play at St. Mary in Leavenworth, Kansas, on Saturday.