The Hastings College men's basketball team notched a big victory Sunday.
The Broncos' 90-77 win over Dakota Wesleyan at Lynn Farrell Arena may have been expected, but HC's third straight victory sends Hastings College into a tough four-game stretch with a little more confidence.
"We knew coming out of Christmas ... we needed to kind of get some momentum if we were going to make a push to be one of the top four in the league," said Hastings College head coach Lance Creech, whose team improved to 16-5 overall and 7-4 in the conference. "With eight games to go, there's still a lot of basketball to be played."
Hastings will play five of the top six GPAC teams over the next five games with NAIA No. 16 Doane (18-3 overall, 8-3 in GPAC) being the first of the four. The Broncos, who are receiving votes but have yet to crack the top 25 this season, will go on the road to face the rival Tigers on Wednesday before playing another road game against Briar Cliff (15-5, 6-4), which is receiving votes. After a pair of home games against No. 7 Northwestern (15-4, 9-2) and Midland (11-8, 6-5), HC travels to play against No. 10 Dordt (16-4, 8-3).
With Sunday's win over Dakota Wesleyan (9-11, 4-7), HC moves into sole possession of fourth place in the GPAC standings — two games behind leader Northwestern, one game behind Doane and Dordt and 1/2 game ahead of Briar Cliff.