Tyler Borchers made a basket at the buzzer to lift 10th-ranked Morningside to an 84-83 victory against No. 17 Dakota Wesleyan in a GPAC men’s basketball thriller on Wednesday in Sioux City.
Borchers’ winning basket capped a furious Morningside rally where the Mustangs came back from an eight-point deficit (83-75) with 1:33 left in the game.
Alex Borchers ignited the Mustangs’ comeback when he sank a jump shot with 1:30 left. A 3-pointer by Zach Imig pulled the Mustangs within 83-80 with 59 seconds left and a steal and layup by Brody Egger made it 83-82 with 10 seconds left.
Dakota Wesleyan had a chance to pad its lead when Ty Hoglund went to the free-throw line for a one-and-one with nine seconds left, but he misfired to help set up the game winning shot by Borchers.
Morningside improved its record to 20-6 for its eighth 20-win season during the Jim Sykes coaching era. The Mustangs climbed to 12-4 in the GPAC to keep pace with city rival Briar Cliff, an 84-58 winner against Concordia, in a tie atop the GPAC standings.
Almost all of the Mustangs’ scoring came from their starting lineup. Egger led the way with 20 points, followed by Imig with 19, Tyler Borchers with 15, Mathew Hahn with 14 and Alex Borchers with 11. The Mustangs completed their scoring summary with five points from backup center Trey Brown.
Dakota Wesleyan’s Jason Spicer and Hoglund were the game’s top two scorers with 26 and 24 points, respectively.
The Tigers Collin Kramer grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds to lead the guests to a 34-26 rebounding advantage. Tyler Borchers paced the Mustangs with six caroms.
Aside from his game-high 26 points, Spicer also dealt a game-high 10 assists.
Tyler Borchers led the Mustangs with five assists to go along with a game-high four steals to match his career highs in both categories.
The Mustangs will play their regular season home finale with a 4 p.m. game against Concordia on Saturday.
Madison Braun poured in a game-high 34 points to go along with a career-high nine steals, but it was not enough to prevent 14th-ranked Morningside from suffering a 92-77 home court loss against No. 10 Dakota Wesleyan in Wednesday’s GPAC women’s basketball game in Sioux City.
Braun made 10 of 22 field goal attempts, including a seven-for-11 performance from the 3-point arc, and converted seven of nine free throw attempts en route to her third 30-point plus scoring performance of the season. Braun led the Mustangs in scoring for the 10th time in their last 12 games and for the 19th time this season. The 34-point explosion moved Braun over the 1800-point mark for her career and put her in fifth place on Morningside’s all-time scoring list with 1814 career points.
Unfortunately for the Mustangs, Braun was their only scorer in double figures on a night when the hosts made only 22 of 59 field goal attempts for a chilly 37.3 percent compared to a solid 52.5 percent shooting performance by Dakota Wesleyan.
The loss dropped the Mustangs’ record to 18-9 overall and 11-6 in the GPAC for fifth place in the league standings. Dakota Wesleyan won its eighth game in a row to climb to 23-4 overall and 14-3 in the GPAC for second place in the loop.
Aside from their cold shooting, the Mustangs’ victory chances were diminished on the boards, where they were outrebounded by a 52-22 margin.
Sydney Hupp led the Mustangs with eight rebounds.
Morningside will host No. 2 Concordia on Saturday at 2 p.m. in its regular season home finale.
The men edged the Tigers 84-83.