SIOUX CITY, IOWA – In the end, Brown could do plenty for National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics’ Division II No. 2-ranked Morningside College Saturday, Dec. 7.
Junior Trey Brown (JR/Gretna, NE ) (Gretna, Neb.) made the most of a starting chance in the paint for head coach Jim Sykes‘ squad, recording a powerful double-double of 26 points and 11 rebounds that featured him hitting at a sizzling 78.5 percent clip. The junior post player was one of five Mustangs in double-digits in a tense Great Plains Athletic Conference thriller against crosstown foe Briar Cliff University.
Senior forwards Matt Hahn (SR/Fremont, NE ) (Fremont, Neb.) and Ben Hoskins (SR/Wayne, NE ) (Wayne, Neb.) each tallied 12 points while Hahn added to his stat line with six assists and four steals; senior guard Alex Borchers (SR/South Sioux City, NE ) (South Sioux City, Neb.) finished with 11 points; and junior guard Zach Imig (JR/Gretna, NE ) (Gretna, Neb.) added 10 points, seven rebounds, and five assists. Morningside needed every bit of the output, as a game Chargers’ squad kept things close down the final minutes until the Maroon went 10-for-12 at the charity stripe in the last 1:56 to seal an 81-72 victory.
The road to Mside moving to 10-0 overall and 5-0 in the league was paved with more stellar defensive play. It was especially key midway through the first half when an 18-14 deficit turned into a 33-21 lead behind a 19-3 run during which a lone three-point basket was all BCU posted on the Allee Gymnasium scoreboard.
Morningside continues a set of back-to-back home conference games on Wednesday, Dec. 11, hosting Concordia University of Nebraska. Tip-off time is 8 p.m.
SIOUX CITY, IOWA – A 53-20 first half roll coupled with 29 visiting turnovers enabled Morningside College to cruise in Great Plains Athletic Conference action Saturday, Dec. 7.
Head coach Jamie Sale‘s No. 8-ranked National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics’ Division II Mustangs, improving to 8-2 overall and 5-1 in the league, kept Briar Cliff University’s offense in a full-court pressure vise throughout, building their margin at seemingly every turn. Four individuals wound up in double-figures in the 95-56 victory. Junior guard Sierra Mitchell (JR/Pleasant Hill, IA) (Pleasant Hill, Iowa) drained four three-point baskets en route to a team-high 19 points; senior forward/center Sydney Hupp (SR/O’Neill, NE) (O’Neill, Neb.) turned in another strong outing in what’s been a sparkling campaign with 16 points; sophomore guard Sophia Peppers (SO/Exira, IA) (Exira, Iowa) canned three treys to help total 14 points which added to an impressive resume of six assists and three steals; and junior guard Tayte Hansen (JR/York, NE) (York, Neb.) came off the bench to post 10 points.
Morningside, keeping pace with loop unbeatens Concordia University and Hastings College and fellow once-beaten Dordt University, didn’t waste much time getting out to a fast start. They scored 26 of the contest’s first 35 points as part of a 30-point opening 10 minutes and then held their crosstown GPAC foes to eight second period points.
A clash with top-ranked defending National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics’ Division II national champion the Concordia University of Nebraska is next on the Mustangs’ schedule. Game time is 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11.