FREMONT, Neb. – Midland University’s men’s basketball team came out on fire in last night’s GPAC opener and got the conference season started with a win. The Warriors (2-1, 1-0 GPAC) held off a late comeback attempt from the Concordia University Bulldogs (3-1, 0-1 GPAC) to survive with a 78-72 victory.
Midland got strong individual performances from three starters, including a pair of double-doubles from sophomore Sam Brown and junior Bryce Parsons. Brown finished with 14 points and a game-high 16 rebounds, while adding two blocks and a steal.
Parsons notched 14 points and 10 rebounds of his own while pitching in four assists and two steals. Parsons provided the highlight play of the night when he collected a missed jump-shot and threw down a phenomenal put-back dunk just before the halftime buzzer, giving Midland a 15-point lead going into the break.
Junior DJ Deere had his best performance of the season, leading the Warriors with 17 points on 8-14 shooting (1-3 3FG). Deere also dished out three assists and secured a rebound. The junior guard scored nine of Midland’s final 16 points in the first half.
The Warriors took a lead three minutes into the game and never surrendered it again. Parsons’ dunk capped a 10-0 run for the Warriors to conclude the first half.
Midland led by double digits for most of the second half, but the Bulldogs continued to chip away at the lead. With under four minutes to play, Concordia ramped up the intensity and went on a 12-1 run, cutting the Midland lead to 74-72 with under 30 seconds remaining.
Forced to foul, Concordia sent two freshmen, Bowen Sandquist and Tariq Deere, to the free throw line. The two combined to make all four of their free throws in the closing seconds to secure Midland’s 78-72 win.
Midland isn’t afraid to shoot the basketball, but the Warriors aren’t trigger-happy either. The Warriors shot 50 percent from the field on Tuesday (29-58) while four Warriors finished in double figures. On the short season, the Warriors are 2-0 when shooting 50 percent or better from the field, but have not shot under 47 percent in a game this season.
It’s a quick turnaround for the Warriors as they come back to Wikert Event Center on Thursday for a nonconference game against Kansas Wesleyan (1-1). Tipoff is set for 7:00 p.m. in Fremont.
FREMONT, Neb. – Midland University opened up conference play on Tuesday night as they took on No. 1-ranked Concordia University inside Wikert Event Center. The Warriors and Bulldogs both entered the game with unbeaten records, MU at 3-0 and CU at 4-0. It was the top-ranked Bulldogs who came away with the victory, revenging their lone regular season loss from a year ago. Concordia get the early lead in the Great Plains Athletic Conference standings at 1-0, 5-0 overall while Midland falls to 3-1 (0-1 GPAC) on the year.
Maddie Egr and Amanda Hansen led Midland with 16 and 15 points respectively. Egr’s post presence was not match for the Bulldogs and Hansen was able to drive to the rim after she got past the high pressure defense. Egr was one rebound shy of posting her first double-double of the year.
The Warriors played well in the first quarter and actually held a one point lead after 10 minutes of action. Concordia though would respond with a 23-14 second quarter for a 40-32 lead at the intermission.
After the break the Bulldogs were able to extend their lead to 12 after three before finishing the game with an 18 point victory, 83-65. Quinn Wragge and Grace Barry each scored 17 points for the Bulldogs to lead the way. They also got 11 points from Philomena Lammers.
Midland (3-1, 0-1 GPAC) will have another tough test in their next home game. They’ll take on No. 2-ranked and defending national champion Dakota Wesleyan (3-0, 0-0 GPAC) at home this Saturday, November 10. Tipoff is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. in Fremont.