HONOLULU, Hawaii — The Ottawa University men’s basketball team held its own against two of the top NAIA programs in back-to-back days.

The Braves lost Tuesday to No. 3 Indiana Wesleyan, 71-65, and fell 78-66 Wednesday to No. 1 Cardinal Stritch in the Hoop N Surf Classic in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Ottawa opened the tournament with a 70-54 win Monday over Oneonta State.

The Braves gave both nationally-ranked squads a run before falling.

The Braves led Indiana Wesleyan 65-64 with three minutes remaining, but did not score again.

Cardinal Stritch went on a 10-0 run to break free from the Braves midway through the second half. That spurt gave Cardinal Stritch a 65-52 lead with less than seven minutes remaining.

Ottawa shot 38 percent against Cardinal Stritch and 45 percent versus Indiana Wesleyan.

Ottawa was dominated on the boards by Cardinal Stritch, 52-26.

The Braves kept pecking away at Indiana Wesleyan after falling behind 13-2 at the start of the game.

Ottawa pulled within a point at a 57-56 with nine minutes left.

The Braves took their first lead with 7:20 left on Chase Dippel’s trey, 61-59. Julian Rose scored to make it 63-59 with 6:23 left.

Adam Hasty paced the Braves with 16 points and three steals. Rose finished with 14 points. Kameron Lindsay had 10 points. Stephen Feighny snared 10 rebounds.

The Braves put a scare into the top-ranked squad. Ottawa jumped on top early 12-6 only to see Cardinal Stritch take a 40-36 halftime lead. Ottawa’s last lead was 23-21 with nine minutes left in the first half.

Ottawa stayed close to Cardinal Stritch in the second half. Ottawa was within four at 50-46.

The Braves clawed within 55-52 when the top-ranked squad pulled away.

Dippel paced the Ottawa attack with 21 points. Corey Smith finished with 13 points and seven rebounds. Feighny led Ottawa with eight rebounds.

Ottawa (6-8, 3-1) plays Jan. 3 in Hillsboro versus Tabor.

Indiana Wesleyan (71) — Mikell 2, Martin 6, Vandewater 5, Hopkins 24, Weidner 14, Dubbels 8, Schoen 5, Jones 7.

Ottawa (65) — Rose 14, Dippel 7, Smith 8, Lindsay 10, Hasty 16, Wilbers 6, Regier 4.

Cardinal Stritch (78) — Smit 5, Semenas 13, Ford 9, Moore 13, Simpson 16, Mazur 10, Kraus 12.

Ottawa (66) — Brown 6, Rose 4, Dippel 21, Feighny 8, Smith 13, Lyons 2, Lindsay 8, Stewart 2, Regier 2.