SIOUX CITY, IOWA – Attacking the rim was the order of the day for Morningside College Saturday, Dec. 8.
Embroiled in a tense Great Plains Athletic Conference battle with a high-octane University of Jamestown team inside Allee Gymnasium, junior forward/center Tyler Borchers (JR/Le Mars, IA ) (LeMars, Iowa) and his paint area companion sophomore forward/center Trey Brown (SO/Gretna, NE ) (Gretna, Neb.) proved to be a big key for the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics’ Division II second-ranked program improving to 11-0 overall and 8-0 in the conference. Borchers went 11-of-16 from the field, grabbed seven rebounds and dished out three assists as part of a 25-point late afternoon performance. Brown was just as impressive, totaling 14 points on six-of-six field goal shooting in 10 minutes of work.
Their totals, added in double-digit numbers from the trio of sophomore guard Zach Imig (SO/Gretna, NE ) (Gretna, Neb.), junior forward Matt Hahn (JR/Fremont, NE ) (Fremont, Neb.) and senior guard Brody Egger (SR/Urbandale, IA) (Urbandale, Iowa), lifted the Maroon to an 87-79 victory, marking an 18th straight regular-season victory. Morningside scored 14 of the game’s first 21 points and never trailed over the 40-minute thriller that saw the visiting Jimmies, despite falling to 11-3 overall and 5-3 in the GPAC, move to within one on several occasions but never overtake their hosts.
Imig’s 14-point, eight-rebound, three-assist, two-steal effort; Hahn’s 11-point game, inspired by three long three-pointers much to the delight of the partisan Mustang crowd; and Egger’s 10—point resume were needed just as much as what Borchers and Brown registered at the bucket. UJ guards Jon Purintun and Terrell Alfred drained eight treys between them and combined for 52 points of which Purintun wound up with 33.
Mside steps away from GPAC competition over their next three matchups. The span begins Saturday, Dec. 15, with a rematch against Dakota State University. Tip-off time is 4 p.m. at DSU Fieldhouse in Madison, South Dakota.
SIOUX CITY, IOWA – In need of a victory to halt a two-game skid, National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics’ Division II No. 8-ranked Morningside College used a hard-nosed defensive effort Saturday, Dec. 8.
Despite being out-rebounded 42-31 by a hard-charging University of Jamestown offense, head coach Jamie Sale’s Mustangs kept the Jimmies’ penchant for three-point shooting at a minimum and limited their visitors to just 35 percent overall field goal accuracy and a tepid 29 percent effort from outside the arc in route to a 69-60 Great Plains Athletic Conference win. The Mustangs (8-3 overall, 6-3 GPAC) overcame an early 8-5 deficit with a 15-2 roll and didn’t look back, leading by as much as 18 before a late Jamestown run decided the final margin.
Junior forward/center Sydney Hupp (JR/O’Neill, NE) (O’Neill, Neb.) led the offense with 15 points, while sophomore guard Sierra Mitchell (SO/Pleasant Hill, IA) (Pleasant Hill, Iowa) finished with 14 which included a pair of three-point buckets. Mside’s bench managed a pivotal role, too, as junior guard Skyler Snider (JR/Kearney, NE) (Kearney, Neb.) notched nine points and four rebounds, and freshman guard Taylor Rodenburgh (FR/Hawarden, IA) (Hawarden, Iowa) added eight points and eight rebounds to spotlight a 28-point afternoon effort.
Morningside steps out of loop play until early January. The Maroon begins a set of five straight nonconference matchups hosting Bellevue University Saturday, Dec. 15. Tip-off time is 2 p.m. inside Allee Gymnasium at the Rosen Verdoorn Sports Center.