Kuiper scores 12 points in return from broken nose, concussion

February 9, 2017

Dane Kuiper basketball

Dane Kuiper

Wasilla’s Dane Kuiper returned from a broken nose and concussion just in time for the University of New Mexico men’s basketball team.

The sophomore guard came off the bench to score 12 points as the Lobos beat Air Force 74-67 in Colorado Springs, Colorado, for the first time since 2012.

Kuiper, of Wasilla High fame, drained 4-of-5 3-pointers to contribute his first double-figure performance in five games. He hadn’t played since Jan. 28.

The 6-foot-7 swingman is shooting the 3 at a .426 clip, which is among the top two percentages on the team.

Kuiper now ranks third on the team with a 7.0 scoring average in just 20.9 minutes per game.

He has earned a career-high 11 starts in 20 games this season.