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Central vs. Nebraska Wesleyan, 11.28

Nebraska Wesleyan’s Cooper Cook (30) blocks a shot by Central’s Saad Ali (24) as Nate Bahe (4) looks on in November at Snyder Arena.

The league-leading Nebraska Wesleyan men’s basketball team has a chance to separate itself even more from the rest of the pack in the American Rivers Conference when the No. 1-ranked Prairie Wolves host Wartburg at 4 p.m. Saturday at Snyder Arena.

NWU (14-0, 5-0 in the ARC) has a two-game lead over three teams tied for second in the conference, including Wartburg, which enters Saturday’s game with a 9-5 overall mark and 3-2 in conference play.

The defending national champion Wolves extended their nation-leading winning streak to 27 games with a 96-84 win at Simpson on Wednesday, despite having two starters — Nate Schimonitz (hamstring) and Jack Hiller (broken foot) — sidelined by injury and a third — Ryan Garver — who played through a sprained ankle.

Junior guard Nate Bahe is taking full advantage of his extended playing time because of the injuries, going for a career-high 39 points Wednesday.

Wartburg guard Jaran Sabus leads the ARC in scoring, averaging 23.1 points per game, which ranks 15th nationally in NCAA Division III.

Reach the writer at 402-473-7437 or rpowell@journalstar.com. On Twitter @ronpowell_ljs.

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Ron Powell is a longtime prep writer for the Journal Star. He covers high school football, boys basketball and track as well as state college football and Husker and professional tennis.

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