Huge second half surge gives Loper men blowout over Broncos

UNK senior Trey Lansman (31) jumps past Zach Kitten (25) of Hastings College in a Dec. 19, 2017 basketball game in Kearney, Neb. (KHGI)

Trey Lansman scored 26 points and the Nebraska-Kearney Lopers scored 36 in the final 11:06 to beat Hastings College, 93-64, Tuesday night at the Health and Sports Center.

UNK (6-7 Overall, 2-2 MIAA) was up 57-48 with a little over 11 minutes remaining. From there, the Lopers went on a 36-16 run to close out the contest.

UNK was a much better shooting team overall, hitting 10 more field goals than the Broncos and both teams shot the ball 60 times. But the real difference was found beyond the arc. UNK went 13-for-22 while the Broncos only connected on three attempts and were held to a 17.6% percentage from distance.

"You could see the fatigue in the second half. For them to play as well as they did for as long as they did it's a testament to their toughness and coaching staff," said Loper head coach Kevin Lofton. "They were in a good spot in the second half. Luckily, we hit a couple of shots to stretch our lead and that got us going."

Lansman, who entered with four consecutive double-doubles, came up two rebounds shy of a fifth straight on a 9-of-15 night shooting. He was joined in the double digit club by Ty Danielson (13 points, 2-3 3PT FG), Lane Rohrich (11 points, 4-6 FG), and Isaiah McKay (10 points). But the scoring was seen from every Loper who suited up, as all ten men had at least one field goal and nine of them played double digit minutes.

This game didn't count against Hastings College (9-6 Overall, 1-5 GPAC) because NAIA rules state it is played as an exhibition. The Broncos got a solid night out of Bart Hiscock, who was tied for a team-leading 12 points on 50% shooting. But he was one of only three Broncos with at least four shots to be at 50% form the field and no one on the roster was better.

The Broncos are off until Dec. 29-30 at the Tabor Classic in Hillsboro, Kan.

UNK takes a mini vacation through the holidays until they get back into MIAA basketball, Jan. 4 at Southwest Baptist.

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