The Nebraska Wesleyan men's basketball team staged a big run in the second half on the road and defeated Wartburg 85-82 Saturday in Waverly, Iowa, clinching their third straight conference championship
Jack Hiller led top-ranked Wesleyan (22-1, 13-1 American Rivers) with 22 points and added three blocks and three steals. Cooper Cook had 16 points and nine rebounds, and Ryan Garver had nine points, 11 assists and three steals, including a critical one in the game's final 30 seconds.
Trailing 52-41 early in the second half, the Wolves went on 17-0 run over the next 4½ minutes to take a 58-52 lead.
Wartburg tied the game 73-73 with 2:21 to go, but Cook hit a three to give Wesleyan the lead for good. Then, with the Wolves leading 78-75 with 23 seconds to go, Garver got a steal, was fouled and hit two free throws to give Wesleyan a cushion.
Wesleyan, the NCAA Division III champion, has now won two straight outright ARC regular-season titles after sharing one in the 2016-17 season.
Concordia women 79, Dakota Wesleyan 66: The Bulldogs held Dakota Wesleyan scoreless for nearly seven minutes in the fourth quarter in Seward in a rematch of last season's NAIA Division II national championship.
Taylor Cockerill led top-ranked Concordia (25-3, 17-3 GPAC) with 19 points, Philly Lammers added 18 and Quinn Wragge had 16 points and 10 rebounds. Makaela Karst led No. 5 DWU (24-4, 17-4) with a career-high 23 points.
The win gives Concordia a regular-season sweep of the Tigers, who won last season's national championship game 82-59.