Fifteenth-ranked Morningside shot 55.6 percent from the field and held high scoring Northwestern to its lowest offensive output of the season when it upset the No. 1-ranked Red Raiders 86-71 in Wednesday’s GPAC men’s basketball game in Sioux City.
The Red Raiders, who entered the game averaging 96.3 points per game, shot just 43.3 percent while suffering their first loss of the season after nine previous victories.
Tyler Borchers went for a double double with game-high totals of 23 points and 10 rebounds to go along with a game-high five assists. Brody Egger was right behind with 21 points behind a four-for-six shooting performance from the 3-point arc and Trystan Cummins provided 14 points off the bench for the first double figure scoring effort of his Morningside career.
Pierce Almond just missed double figures with nine points, followed by Alex Borchers with seven points, Matthew Hahn with five, Trey Brown with four and Ben Hoskins with three.
Colton Kooima led the Red Raiders with 22 points, of which 17 came in the second half.
Borchers’ 10 rebounds paced the Mustangs to a 34-25 advantage on the boards. Almond was next with seven rebounds.
Northwestern began the game with back-to-back 3-pointers by Kooima and Riley Francis to take an early 6-0 lead. Morningside tied the score at 11 on a basket by Cummins with 12:38 left in the first half and took the lead for good when a layup by Tyler Borchers put the hosts in front 13-11 with 11:05 left.
The Mustangs took a 35-28 advantage into the intermission and eventually opened a pair of 17-point leads in the final two minutes.
Morningside will take a 6-1 record into a 4 p.m. Saturday home game against Midland.
Morningside’s nationally ranked women’s basketball team rolled to its seventh win in a row with a 76-65 triumph against No. 15 Northwestern on Wednesday in Sioux City.
The Mustangs, ranked 10th in the NAIA Division II, raised their record to 9-2 overall and climbed to 4-0 in the GPAC to remain in a first place tie with second-ranked Concordia.
Morningside pressured Northwestern into a dismal 34.8 percent shooting performance and led for almost the entire game. The Red Raiders led just once when they took a 10-7 lead with 4:10 left in the first quarter. That triggered a 13-point Morningside scoring run that put the Mustangs in front 20-10 at the end of the first period.
The Mustangs increased their lead to 40-20 by the intermission. Morningside eventually opened a game-high 25-point advantage, 45-20, after a basket by Jordyn Moser and a 3-pointer by Madison Braun to start the third quarter.
Braun led the Mustangs with 18 points and was joined in double figures by Sierra Mitchell with 16 points, Sydney Hupp with 12 and Jenna Bork with 10. Moser just missed double figures with eight points, followed by Mady Maly with five points.
Hupp added a career-high 15 rebounds for her third double double of the season.
Darbi Gustafson had a double double for Northwestern with game-high totals of 19 points and 17 rebounds.
Maly dealt a game-high seven assists and Braun had a game-high five steals.
Morningside will host Midland in a 2 p.m. Saturday matinee.