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NIACC men lose 74-63 to DMACC

MASON CITY, Iowa – A shooting drought over the final six minutes doomed the NIACC Trojan men’s basketball team to a 74-63 loss against #4 DMACC on Saturday.

The drought came after the Trojans cut down what was a 43-29 point halftime lead down to 61-58 with five minutes left.  From then on, they shot only 1-for-6 from the field and 3-for-8 from the free throw line.

Darius Wilson (Fr., Dowagiac, MI) and Chris Throne (So., Lake Mills, IA) both scored 14 points to lead NIACC (11-9 overall, 2-3 in Iowa Community College Athletic Conference play).  Chris Davis (Fr., Colorado Springs, CO) added 12 points.  Nate Mason sparked DMACC with 19 points, and Rico Saldana, Jr. added 13 more for the Bears.

DMACC shot 53 percent in the opening half, thanks to a strong transition game in the opening minutes.  DMACC scored its first seven points in only 30 seconds, which helped them vault out to a 12-4 lead.

Two three-pointers by Throne and Davis helped keep NIACC in the game.  The Trojans tied the game at 14-14, 16-16, and 24-24. NIACC hit a cold streak late in the first, shooting only 2-for-14 in the final six minutes of the first half.  DMACC shot 8-for-10 during the same time period to end on a 19-5 run and entered halftime up 41-29.

NIACC made it a game again after a 14-4 run midway through the second half to shrink the lead to 55-53.  DMACC’s shooting wasn’t on target in the second half, shooting just under 35 percent (10-for-29).  NIACC, on the other hand, was 11-for-19 and 5-for-6 from the free-throw line in first 15 minutes of the second half.

Outside of the cold stretch late, NIACC also had a rebounding problem down in the final minutes.  NIACC gave up 11 offensive rebounds in the second half, but the DMACC offense let NIACC stay in the game.

One example came with 4:46 to go and DMACC leading 61-58.  DMACC drew two fouls, shot four free throws, and grabbed four offensive rebounds in one possession, but only managed to score a two points.

DMACC eventually converted on those offensive rebounds and pulled away late.  Trailing 69-63 with 1:21 left, NIACC let Cole Martin score off an offensive rebound and then allowed a three-point play by Mason on the next possession to allow DMACC to seal the game.

NIACC will next play on Wednesday against Iowa Central in Fort Dodge.  Tipoff is at 7:30.

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