ORANGE CITY, IOWA – A 17-7 run midway through the second 20 minutes was enough to send National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics’ Division II No. 4-ranked Morningside College to a Great Plains Athletic Conference win Saturday, Jan. 19.
Head coach Jim Sykes Mustangs, who never trailed during the 40 minutes at Northwestern College’s Bultman Center for Health, Physical Education and Intercollegiate Athletics, held off a feisty home-standing Red Raiders’ crew that got up off the mat after trailing 36-15 with just over five minutes to go in the first frame. NWC managed to catch their loop rivals at 60-60, but the veteran-laden Maroon side had another surge left in them which turned the tide in a 90-85 decision.
At the front of the charge that brought the conference leaders to 18-1 overall and 11-1 in the GPAC was senior guard Brody Egger (SR/Urbandale, IA) (Urbandale, Iowa) and junior forward/center Tyler Borchers (JR/Le Mars, IA ) (LeMars, Iowa). Egger turned a hard-nosed road environment into something akin to his home Allee Gymnasium at the Rosen Verdoorn Sports Center, hitting on all eight of his field goals, each of five three-point attempts and all of his four free throw tries to finish with 25 points, good for his third 20-point-plus effort of the year. His game resume didn’t end in the points column, either, as he picked off three Red Raider pass attempts to lead Mside. Borchers landed on a similar number points-wise, going eight-of-12 from the field and nine-of-12 at the charity stripe to go with five rebounds, two assists, a steal and a blocked shot. It was his seventh successive double-digit outing and the fourth time he was at-or-above 20 points.
The Mustangs return home Thursday, Jan. 24. Hastings College of Nebraska is in town for an 8 p.m. tip-off.
ORANGE CITY, IOWA – Sophomore guard Sierra Mitchell (SO/Pleasant Hill, IA) (Pleasant Hill, Iowa) ran off her 10th straight double-figure points total and extended her amazing roll of games with at least one made three-pointer to 35, highlighting Morningside College’s Great Plains Athletic Conference contest Saturday, Jan. 19.
Mitchell finished the clash of top 10 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics’ Division II programs against No. 3 Northwestern College with 11 points. She was the only Mustang player ending with 10-or-more, as sophomore guard Faith Meyer (SO/Pomeroy, IA )s (Pomeroy, Iowa) came off the bench with eight to be next in line.
Their play wasn’t enough to turn back a red-hot Red Raiders’ side on its home Bultman Center for Health, Physical Education and Intercollegiate Athletics’ floor. NWC limited head coach Jamie Sale‘s team, who entered the day ranked No. 9, to eight first-quarter points and only seven in the second 10 minutes to forge a 45-15 bulge in route to an 82-53 victory.
Morningside (17-5 overall, 9-5 GPAC) returns to Allee Gymnasium and the Rosen Verdoorn Sports Center Thursday, Jan. 24. No. 21-ranked Hastings College of Nebraska is their guest for a 6 p.m. start.