SIOUX CITY, IOWA – The calendar read November, but a tense, gritty battle in Great Plains Athletic Conference action could have easily been mistaken for March.
National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics’ No. 4-ranked Morningside College and visiting Doane College, who received votes on last month’s preseason listing, took a rapt and loud crowd on a back-and-forth thrill ride over 40 minutes. Both sides held slim edges of five-points-or-less in the first half and that trend resumed over the opening stages of the second frame.
Head coach Jim Sykes‘ crew finally paved their way to a 67-58 victory due to a critical 12-4 run that began with 12:57 left. As the home fans roared in approval, junior guard Matt Hahn (JR/Fremont, NE ) (Fremont, Neb.) drilled two long three-pointers and sophomore guard Zach Imig (SO/Gretna, NE ) (Gretna, Neb.) slipped through the Doane College defense for two lay-ups to spark the Mustangs. The Tigers did claw back to within six, but junior guard Alex Borchers (JR/South Sioux City, NE ) (South Sioux City, Neb.) and senior guard Brody Egger (SR/Urbandale, IA) (Urbandale, Iowa) went four-for-four on the free throw line, and Hahn canned another three-pointer to enable Morningside to move to 5-0 overall and 4-0 in the conference behind its 18th straight home and 12th successive regular-season victory.
Hahn’s 15-point night, fueled by his three long-range buckets, led another balanced points column. He didn’t stop there, though, as the junior also grabbed six rebounds, dished out four assists and picked up two steals. Alex Borchers was next with 14; junior forward/center Tyler Borchers (JR/Le Mars, IA ) (LeMars, Iowa) was perfect from the field going six-of-six for 12 points; and Imig tallied 10 points, five assists, and three steals.
Mside steps out of conference for a pair of games at Midland University’s Thanksgiving weekend tournament. They face off against Bellevue University of Nebraska at 2 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday versus Dakota State University.
SIOUX CITY, IOWA – The art of rebounding can occur in different ways.
Just ask head coach Jamie Sale and his Morningside College Mustangs. In need of a positive outcome after a 91-66 loss to Great Plains Athletic Conference rival Northwestern College just four days prior, they got that and more Tuesday, Nov. 20, to send their home crowd at Allee Gymnasium and the Rosen Verdoorn Sports Center off to a happy Thanksgiving holiday.
The Maroon took off on a 7-0 run after made Doane College free throw and didn’t look back in route to an 89-46 league victory. Sale’s crew stifled the visiting Tigers to the tune of just over 35 percent field goal shooting and only one made three-point bucket over 40 minutes. On the offensive side, the home team was sizzling, hitting at a better than 53 percent clip overall which included draining nine three-pointers.
Junior guard Skyler Snider (JR/Kearney, NE) (Kearney, Neb.) led the individual numbers. She registered a personal single-game high 21 points to go along with four steals and two assists, both of which were also among squad bests. Junior forward Sydney Hupp (JR/O’Neill, NE) (O’Neill, Neb.) turned in a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds and also blocked a pair of Doane shot attempts. Freshman forward Haleigh Melstad (FR/Vermillion, SD) (Vermillion, S.D.) came off the bench to total 10 points.
Morningside (5-1 overall, 3-1 GPAC) return to action Wednesday, Nov. 28. They travel to Concordia University of Nebraska for a 6 p.m. start.