FOREST CITY – The second season meeting between the Waldorf College and Haskell Indian Nations University men's basketball teams was another fight to the finish.
Completing the season sweep, the Warriors (10-12, 6-2) prevailed with a 90-84 victory over the Indians (5-19, 3-5) in Friday's Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference (MCAC) clash.
"Those guys played to the buzzer and they played the right way," Waldorf coach Nigel Jenkins said.
The Warriors owned a 44-39 lead at halftime. They went in front 71-59 less than 10 minutes remaining in the game. Every time Waldorf looked to have the game in hand, the Indians came charging back.
"We got a little sloppy toward the end and didn't quite milk the time the way we needed to," Jenkins said. "We kind of lost a little bit of aggressiveness at times, but at the end of the day you just want to find a way to win and we did that."
Erik Brewer was clutch for the Warriors all night, pouring in a game-high 32 points and collecting eight rebounds.
Brewer was in the zone as he went 75 percent from the field on 9-of-12 shooting. The 6-foot-6 junior forward from Las Vegas shot 4-of-5 (80 percent) from 3-point range and finished 10-of-14 (71 percent) from the free-throw line.
"He was very efficient," Jenkins said. "He did a great job. He was aggressive, kept attacking and his shot was falling."
Waldorf's Trey Scott shook off early foul trouble to score 17 points. The senior guard from Fridley, Minn. grabbed four boards and handed out three assists.
"He followed through and had another complete game," Jenkins said.
"It was a pretty balanced effort, overall," Jenkins said. "The guys picked their spots."
Parrish shot 5-of-9 (56 percent) from the floor and 2-of-5 (40 percent) from the perimeter. The guard from Oldin, Ill. turned in team-highs with seven assists and two steals. Parrish didn't commit a single turnover while making his return to the team.
"It was good to have him back after being gone last semester," Jenkins said. "He gave us a nice spark off the bench."
Nelson used his 6-foot-6 frame to muscle his way to nine rebounds, leading Waldorf to a 42-34 advantage on the boards despite going up against the likes of Haskell's Tsalidi Sequoyah, who stands at 6-foot-10. He also blocked three shots.
"Jordan had to battle with those big boys," Jenkins said. "They've got a big team, but he was able to be solid for us."
Sophomore Michael Morgan finished with nine points, five rebounds, three assists and two blocks for the Warriors.
Duelle Gore led the Indians with 28 points and hauled in six boards. Stand Lovato dropped in 15 points while Randy July added 15 points and four assists.
The Warriors shot 51 percent, going 32-of-63 from the field and 8-of-22 (36 percent) from downtown. Haskell finished 29-of-69 (42 percent) from the floor and went 8-of-19 (42 percent) behind the arc.
The Indians converted on 90 percent of their free-throw attempts, ending the night with an 18-of-20 effort. Waldorf was also solid at the foul line, shooting 18-of-24 (75 percent).
The Warriors owned a slight advantage in the paint, outscoring Haskell 36-34. Waldorf owned a 14-10 margin in second-chance points.
Cashing in on turnovers, the Indians scored 21 points as the Warriors turned the ball over 14 times. Haskell committed eight turnovers, which led to nine points for Waldorf.
The Warriors earned an 81-77 win over the Indians one week ago at Lawrence, Kan.
Waldorf continues conference play on Saturday, hosting Oklahoma Wesleyan University (6-17, 0-8) at 5 p.m. The Warriors topped the Eagles in a 72-57 win last Saturday at Bartlesville, Okla.
"We've just got to keep taking these teams one game at a time and hope to still keep getting better as we play," Jenkins said. "I still think we haven't quite peaked yet, so we've still got some work to do."