In Wednesday night's matchup against Nebraska Wesleyan, things just couldn't go right for the Hastings College men's basketball team.
The Broncos, who are receiving votes in the NAIA top 25 poll, went into Wednesday's game with the nation's best field-goal percentage (51 percent). Hastings College shot just 48 percent against Wesleyan. HC had the top 3-point shooting percentage in the GPAC at 40 percent. The Broncos were just 4-of-15 (27 percent) from long range against the Prairie Wolves.
As a result, Hastings College was upset by Nebraska Wesleyan 82-79 at Lynn Farrell Arena on Wednesday. HC head coach Lance Creech has mentioned his team's second-half woes through the season, and the game against the Prairie Wolves was no different.
"Our inability in the second half to defend overall, but primarily in the second half, is unexplainable," Creech said. "I'm just not sure what to do — film, practice, breakdown work — I'm not sure how much more we as a coaching staff have to do to get through to our players that we have to have a better understanding of defending the basketball, especially in the second half."
The Broncos (18-9, 9-8 GPAC) went into halftime with a 40-33 lead. Nebraska Wesleyan (11-12, 6-12) had the conference's No. 1 scoring defense going into the game, but it was HC's defense that controlled the first half after forcing 14 turnovers.