Midland University finally had a close game go its way on Wednesday night against Doane.
Freshman Bowen Sandquist scored 29 points in 45 minutes as the Warriors defeated the Tigers 93-91 in overtime at the Wikert Event Center.
The win improves the Warriors to 9-11 overall, including 4-7 in the Great Plains Athletic Conference. The Tigers fall to 6-13 overall, including 3-8 in the league.
“It was good to get on the other end of this after being on the other side of some of these one-possession games,” MU coach Oliver Drake said. “We made the turn at 3-7 in the league and lost four of those seven games by one possession. So it was good to find a way to be on the winning side for a change.”
Luke Cadzow hit two free throws with :20 left in regulation to put Midland up 82-79, but the Tigers tied it with :05 remaining on a 3-point field goal by Anthony Laravie.
Midland trailed 88-86 midway through the overtime, but Cadzow drilled a 3-point basket that put the Warriors ahead by one with 1:45 remaining. Following a Doane turnover, Sandquist made two free throws to make it 91-88 with 1:17 left.
“We talk about playing with mental toughness and Luke could’ve been shy but he stepped up and made a big shot,” Drake said about Cadzow’s lone field goal of the game. “He is one of our best shooters on the team. He kept his hands and feet ready and knocked that thing down when we needed it most. We’ve been talking to our seniors about making ‘senior plays’ and that was definitely one.”
Koh Flippin of Doane hit a layup to tie it at 91 with :09 remaining. Parsons was fouled on MU’s next possession and won it with a pair of free throws with :01.8 left.
While Sandquist recorded a career-high with his 29 points, including seven 3-point field goals, Parsons came close to recording a triple-double. He finished with 22 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists.
Gradwell added 25 points, including six 3-point baskets. MU connected on 16 of 32 shots from 3-point territory.
Without Lincoln Northeast graduate Trace Tupper, who was sidelined with a lower leg injury, Nick Kornieck led the Tigers with 27 points on 10-14 shooting from the field and 6-8 from three-point range. The forward also contributed six rebounds, four assists, three blocks, and one steal.
Flippin added a career-high 25 points on 10-19 shooting for the Tigers. Flippin also recorded four rebounds, four assists, and four steals.
A Sandquist trey put Midland up 35-33 with 2:49 left in the first half. Doane battled back and Laravie, who finished with 16 points, made a basket to give the Tigers a 39-37 advantage with :14 left.
Off of a Laurence Merritt miss, Parsons collected an offensive rebound and beat the halftime buzzer with a layup to tie the game at 39-39 heading into the break.
Midland will face 15th-ranked Dakota Wesleyan (13-5 overall and 7-4 in the GPAC) on Saturday in Mitchell, S.D.. In the last meeting, Midland nearly pulled the upset as the then-No. 17 Tigers escaped Fremont with a 95-92 overtime victory.
DOANE (91) — Nick Kornieck 27, Koh Flippin 25, Zach Witters 3, Joe Burt 3, Anthony Laravie 16, Garran Pauli 15, Jaxon Harre 2.
MIDLAND (93) — Bowen Sandquist 29, Reggie Gradwell 25, Bryce Parsons 22, Dillon Faubel 8, Malik Martin 2, Luke Cadzow 5, Laurence Merritt 2.
Rebounds: D 26 (Kornieck 6), M 30 (Parsons 13). Steals: D 6 (Flippin 4), M 5 (Martin 2). Assists: D 16 (Kornieck 4, Flippin 4), M (Parsons 9). Turnovers: D 11, M 11.