FREMONT, NEB. – A 26-12 run over the final 11:28 of the first half helped propel National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics’ No. 3-ranked Morningside College on the road Wednesday, Jan. 30.
The Mustangs, improving to 21-1 overall and 14-1 in the Great Plains Athletic Conference with their seventh successive victory, staved off a strong effort from the home-standing Warriors of Midland University in the beginning section of the first half. With the score knotted at 16-16, junior forward Matt Hahn (JR/Fremont, NE ), playing in front of many friends and family from his home area, hit back-to-back lay-ups, and senior guard Pierce Almond (SR/Grand Island, NE ) (Grand Island, Neb.) hit a three-pointer which got head coach Jim Sykes‘ squad off to the races.
Mside built the lead out to as much as 36 before winding up with the 91-58 triumph. Five players wound up in scoring double figures with sophomore guard Zach Imig (SO/Gretna, NE ) (Gretna, Neb.) leading the way with his second double-double of the year, posting 10 points and 10 rebounds to go with a team-high four assists. Junior forward/center Tyler Borchers (JR/Le Mars, IA ) (LeMars, Iowa), the reigning GPAC Player of the Week, tallied 17 points for his 10th successive double-digit performance which moved him to 15th on the school’s career scoring list (1,222); Hahn wound up with 15 and also picked up three steals; and Almond and sophomore center Trey Brown (SO/Gretna, NE ) (Gretna, Neb.) came off the bench with 12 apiece, and Brown also forged his second double-double with 10 rebounds and also blocked two Midland shot attempts to put the bow on a sparkling visiting boxscore.
The Mustangs conclude two in a row on the road Saturday, Feb. 2. They take on Mount Marty College in Yankton, S.D., in a 4 p.m. start.
FREMONT, NEB. – Strong guard play from sophomore Sierra Mitchell (SO/Pleasant Hill, IA) (Pleasant Hill, Iowa) and junior Jordyn Moser (JR/Harlan, IA) (Harlan, Iowa) proved key to Morningside College Wednesday, Jan. 30.
The Mustangs, seeking a formula to end a three-game Great Plains Athletic Conference losing string, got just what was needed from the duo. Mitchell knocked down seven three-point baskets, upping her marvelous streak to 38 games in which she’s hit at least one, in route to 25 points to signify the super soph’s 13th straight double-figure scoring contest in which she’s been at-or-above 20 points six times. Moser was just as solid finishing with 19 points to go with three steals and two assists.
Back to back treys from Mitchell sparked a quick 6-0 run in the third period to give Morningside (19-7 overall, 10-7 GPAC) a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. That roll expanded to 26-7, as the Maroon overturned a 43-42 deficit in route to a 78-67 victory.
Head coach Jamie Sale‘s squad, moving back into a tie with Dordt College for fourth place in the league, concludes a two-game road set Saturday, Feb. 2. They face off with Mount Marty College in Yankton, S.D., in a 2 p.m. tip-off.