Tenth-ranked Morningside survived a 12-0 scoring run by Arizona Christian to start the game when it defeated the NAIA Division I Firestorm 94-87 in Tuesday’s men’s basketball game in the Las Vegas Hoopla.
The Mustangs raised their record to 10-2 heading into Thursday’s Hoopla finale against the University of British Columbia.
Brody Egger led the Mustangs with 17 points and was joined in double figures by Matt Hahn with 14 points, Alex Borchers with 11 and Trey Brown with 10. Ben Hoskins just missed double figures with nine points, followed by Tyler Borchers, eight; Pierce Almond, seven; Zach Imig, seven; Jeff Widhelm, six; and Trystan Cummins, five.
Hahn came off the bench to make four of eight 3-point field goal attempts en route to his season’s scoring high. Brown also sparked the Mustangs off the bench with 10 points and a team-high six rebounds, as did Hoskins with nine points and six rebounds.
The six-board efforts by Brown and Hoskins paced the Mustangs to a 38-24 domination of the boards.
Aside from his 11 points, Alex Borchers came up with a game-high four steals and dealt four assists to share game honors with teammates Imig and Hahn and Arizona Christian’s Johannes Menzel.
Morningside drilled 34 of 63 field goal attempts for 54.0 percent, while Arizona Christian made 30 of 56 floor shots for 53.6 percent.
Arizona Christian raced to a 12-0 advantage less than four minutes into the contest and led 15-3 with 15:21 left in the first half. Brown scored from within the paint at the 15:04 mark to trigger a 23-5 Morningside scoring run over a span of 6:21 that saw the Mustangs take a 26-20 lead on a 3-pointer by Hahn with 8:43 left in the half.
Morningside took a 46-40 lead into the intermission. The Firestorm outscored Morningside 14-8 to start the second half and tied the score at 54 with 15:48 left in the game. The Mustangs answered with a basket by Hahn to regain the lead at 56-54 with 14:58 left and led the rest of the way. Morningside eventually stretched its lead to a game-high nine points, 94-85, when Almond made a free throw with 14 seconds left.