SEWARD, Neb. – Midland University dropped their second straight game of the young season on Wednesday night to Concordia University, 86-72. Playing the road for the fifth time, third inside Walz Arena, the Warriors were unable to keep their road winning streak alive. With the loss Midland falls to 4-2 (0-1 GPAC) on the year while Concordia improves to 5-1 (1-0 GPAC). The two teams will meet again on January 31, in Fremont.
It was a tightly contested ball game in the opening half of play as both teams went on short runs that were matched by other. That was until the 2:35 mark when Concordia, who held a 30-29 lead at that point, went on a 10-0 run to end the half with an 11-point advantage.
Both teams shot the ball well in the opening 20 minutes as Midland went 13-28 (46%) while Concordia was 16-33 (48%). The difference came from behind the arc as the Warriors went 3-10 and allowed the Bulldogs to shoot 7-12.
Ryan Williams and TK Dixson came alive after the break as they combined for 29 of the teams 43 in the second half. Williams hit a pair of threes as he score 16 of his game-high 20 points in the last period. Dixson had four treys and finished with 16 points on the night.
Chase Parsons came off the bench and put in 14 points for the Warriors.
As a team Midland showed improvement from behind the arc in the second but their defense did not. Concordia continued their barrage from long-range going 8-14. They hit 15-26 on three-pointers for 58% on the night.
“We had another really poor performance tonight,” coach Oliver Drake commented after the contest. “We didn’t play with the level of accountability that is needed in the GPAC. We will get back in the gym and continue to work and evaluate our personnel to find the right lineups that make us a more competitive team.”
Midland will have the weekend off as they prepare for No. 10 Dakota Wesleyan (4-3, 0-1 GPAC) on Tuesday of next week. The Warriors and the Tigers will tip off at 8:00 p.m. insider Wikert Event Center in Fremont on November 21st.
SEWARD, Neb. – Midland University tipped off their conference slate Wednesday night with a loss to a talented and highly ranked Concordia University team, 85-63. The Warriors fall to an even 3-3 on the season with the loss while the Bulldogs’ record remains unblemished at 5-0.
Concordia came out of the gates strong and build a 10 point lead after the first quarter of play to set the tone for the game. They extended the margin to 18 points in the second and led 47-29 at the intermission.
The first five minutes of the games looked promising for the Warriors as they not only stayed with the Bulldogs, they actually led 9-7 with 5:27 remaining in the quarter. However they would go on a scoring drought that went into the second quarter as Concordia built their lead. Midland shot just 33% in the opening twenty minutes with 11 turnovers aided Concordia and dug themselves a hole.
The third and fourth quarters were a completely different story at the Warriors played even with the Bulldogs. Over the final 20 minutes of action they were only outscored by four points by the home team.
For the game Midland shot 37% from the field. They struggled behind the arc going 4-20 (20%) while the Bulldogs drained 13 three-pointers on 41 attempts (32%).
Joelle Overkamp led the team in scoring with 17 points on the night in 25 minutes of play. She also added three rebounds and a team high four steals. Newcomer Maddie Egr chipped in 10 points in the post off of 5-7 shooting in 25 minutes of action.
Up next for Midland is a weekend non-conference game with Dakota State University on Saturday. The Warriors and the Trojans will tipoff at 4:00 p.m. at Wikert Event Center in Fremont.