Morningside’s men’s basketball team avoided an upset scare from Mount Marty with a 75-72 victory in Wednesday’s GPAC opener in Yankton, S.D.
The Mustangs appeared to have a safe 16-point lead, 65-49, with 7:13 left in the game before the Lancers went on a 23-10 scoring run to end the game, capped by a 3-pointer by Marcus Mathieu with one second left. Mathieu finished with a game-high 27 points behind a four-for-five shooting performance from the 3-point arc.
The victory improved the Mustangs’ record to 4-1.
Morningside shot 41.5 percent from the field and converted only 10 of 25 free throw attempts. The Mustangs compensated for their shooting woes by winning the battle of the boards with a 43-36 rebounding advantage and by committing only 10 turnovers.
The Mustangs received significant contributions from their bench, most notably freshman Trey Brown and transfer addition Ben Hoskins.
Brown, who along with Mustang freshman Zach Imig led Gretna High School to back-to-back Nebraska Class B state championships, approached a double double with 10 points and eight rebounds. Hoskins, a transfer from NCAA Division II Wayne State, scored 11 points for his first double figure scoring performance as a Mustang. Hoskins knocked down three of seven 3-point field goal attempts.
Tyler Borchers led the Mustangs’ starters with 16 points and a game-high 10 rebounds for his second straight double double. The Mustangs also received double figure scoring from starter Zach Imig, who made three of six 3-point shots en route to 14 points Alex Borchers was next with eight points and a team-high four assists. Brody Egger and Pierce Almond were next with seven and six points, respectively.
The teams battled to a 35-35 standoff in a first half where the Mustangs connected on only 37.1 percent of their field goal attempts.
The Mustangs went on a 14-4 run at the start of the second half to open a 49-39 lead when Imig capped the run with a 3-point field goal with 15:51 left to play. The Mustangs opened their biggest lead of the game, 16 points, when a Tyler Borchers layup made it 65-49 with 7:13 left in the game.
Morningside’s next game is an 8 p.m. contest against Doane on Tuesday, Nov. 21 in Crete, Neb.
Tenth-ranked Morningside rode a huge second quarter to an 81-59 victory against Mount Marty in Wednesday’s GPAC women’s basketball opener in Yankton, S.D.
The Mustangs trailed 16-12 after the first quarter before they trounced the Lancers by a 29-7 differential in the second quarter to open a 41-23 advantage at the intermission.
Morningside won its fourth game in a row and improved its record to 6-2.
Madison Braun had another big night for the Mustangs by tossing in a game-high 27 points for her fifth scoring performance of 20 points or more in the first eight games. She scored 13 of her points in the pivotal second quarter when the Mustangs pulled away. Braun made 10 of 17 field goal attempts, including a six-for-10 showing from the 3-point arc.
Braun received double figure scoring support from Sierra Mitchell with 16 points and Sydney Hupp with 14 tallies. Just like Braun, Mitchell did much of her scoring when the Mustangs took control in the second quarter with 10 of her points in that stanza.
Jordyn Moser and Mady Maly just missed double figures with eight points each, followed by Rachelle Housh with six tallies.
Hupp grabbed seven rebounds to match the Lancers’ Megan Hirsch for game honors and lead the Mustangs to a slight 38-36 advantage on the boards.
Braun had game-high totals of three assists and three steals.
Morningside shot 45.5 percent from the field with 30 field goals in 66 attempts and made 13 of 32 3-point shots for 40.6 percent.
Morningside will host College of Saint Mary in a 5 p.m. contest on Saturday.