Brody Egger became the 30th 1000-point scorer in Morningside College men’s basketball history during the Mustangs’ 90-77 victory against Dordt College on Wednesday in Sioux City.
Egger finished with 15 points to raise his total to 1001 points during his 78-game Morningside career for a career scoring average of 12.8 points per game.
He has a team-high 17 double figure scoring performances this season and is the Mustangs’ leading scorer with an average of 14.9 points per game.
The Mustangs, ranked ninth nationally in the latest NAIA Division II poll, improved their record to 14-4, including a 6-2 mark in the GPAC for third place in the league standings.
Morningside had to overcome a sizzling 60.0 percent shooting performance by the Defenders in the first half that sent the guest into the intermission with a 45-38 lead. Dordt eventually increased its lead to 11 points in the second half when a Marcus Winterfeld 3-pointer put the guests up 56-45 with 17:17 left in the game.
Dordt led by nine points, 67-58, with 11:19 left before the Mustangs reeled off 15 consecutive points to take a 73-67 lead when Alex Borchers made a pair of free throws with 7:11 left. The Mustangs eventually closed out the game with a 32-10 scoring run after Dordt had taken its 67-58 lead.
Borchers had a perfect shooting night on his way to a game and career-high 24 points. The sophomore guard drilled all eight of his field goal attempts, including three shots from beyond the 3-point arc, and went five-for-five from the free-throw line. He was joined in double figures by Zach Imig with 16 points, Egger with 15 and Tyler Borchers with 10. Pierce Almond just missed double figures with nine points.
The freshman Imig drilled seven of 10 floor shots, came up with a game-high four steals and grabbed a team-high six rebounds to lead the winners to a 32-29 advantage on the boards. Imig has grabbed at least six rebounds in each of the Mustangs’ last six games.
Alex Borchers and Trystan Cummins each dealt four assists to share game honors.
Morningside made 31 of 55 field goal attempts for 56.4 percent and drilled 10 of 23 3-point attempts for 43.5 percent.
Dordt cooled off to 33.3 percent in the second half to finish with a 46.0 percent shooting rate. The Defenders made only nine of 32 3-point attempts for 28.1 percent.
Morningside will continue a three-game home stand on Saturday with a 4 p.m. game against Doane.
Twelfth-ranked Morningside held off an upset-minded Dordt team in a 66-59 GPAC women’s basketball victory on Wednesday in Sioux City.
The Mustangs overcame a chilly 29.3 percent shooting performance to snap a three-game losing streak and improve their record to 14-6, including a 7-3 mark in the GPAC for fourth place in the league standings.
Morningside used a big first quarter to secure the victory when it outscored the Defenders 20-10 over the first 10 minutes.
The Mustangs compensated for their cold shooting effort with a 50-43 rebounding advantage and only 12 turnovers compared to 26 turnovers by the Defenders.
Madison Braun scored a game-high 19 points to lead the Mustangs in scoring for the fifth game in a row. Sydney Hupp went for her fourth double double of the season with 10 points and 11 rebounds and Rachelle Housh had one of her most productive games of the season with 10 points and eight rebounds. Jordyn Moser just missed double figures with nine points.
The 11 rebounds by Hupp and eight caroms by Housh paced the Mustangs to their rebounding advantage. The Mustangs also received sizable rebound production from Alexandra Gill with seven caroms, Lauren Lehmkuhl with six rebounds and Braun and Grace Meyer, each with five. Meyer matched her season’s high with her five rebounds.
Braun led all performers with four steals and dealt three assists to share game honors with four other players, including the Mustangs’ Moser and Sierra Mitchell.
Morningside led for almost the entire game, but the Defenders created some anxious moments for the heavily favored Mustangs when they took a one-point lead, 57-56, when Payton Harmsen made a 3-pointer with 2:59 left in the game. The Mustangs answered with six straight points to take the lead for good. Braun drilled a 3-pointer to put the Mustangs up 59-57 with 2:43 left and the Mustangs increased their lead to 62-57 when Mitchell made two free throws and Housh made a free throw.
The Mustangs will continue a three-game home stand with a 2 p.m. game against Doane on Saturday.