SIOUX CITY, IOWA – Junior forward/center Tyler Borchers (JR/Le Mars, IA ) (LeMars, Iowa) and junior forward Matt Hahn (JR/Fremont, NE ) (Fremont, Neb.) proved key down the stretch for Morningside College Saturday, Jan. 12.
The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics’ Division II number four ranked squad got an intense contest from visiting Dordt College over 40 minutes with a crowd of better than 1,000 fans sitting on the edge of their seats inside Allee Gymnasium at the Rosen Verdoorn Sports Center. In the end. Borchers, wrapping up a double-double of 21 points and 11 rebounds, canned a left-side jumper and hit a twisting turning lay-up, while Hahn, ending a stout effort with 20 points, five steals and three assists, got a loose ball near mid-court and flushed it home to the delight of the home crowd in the final minute to decide a 94-92 victory.
That final 60 seconds decided what looked to be a comfortable home outcome early on. Head coach Jim Sykes‘ squad, moving to 16-1 overall and 10-1 in the Great Plains Athletic Conference, roared out to a 37-22 lead with less than six minutes to go in the opening frame. Dordt, undeterred, went to the long ball with great success closing the first 20 minutes on a 22-7 run for a 44-44 halftime tie. The visitors started the second half on a similar roll, leading by as much as eight, but were overtaken in the last four minutes to enable the Maroon to begin the second half of the loop slate on the positive side.
Borchers and Hahn weren’t the only two in double digits. Junior guard Alex Borchers (JR/South Sioux City, NE ) (South Sioux City, Neb.) finished with 14 points; senior guard Brody Egger(SR/Urbandale, IA) (Urbandale, Iowa) was just an assist off a double-double, scoring 10 points; and senior guard Pierce Almond (SR/Grand Island, NE ) (Grand Island, Neb.) led the bench with 12 points, all of which occurred from four three-point baskets, and one critical steal that transpired after a missed free throw in the final three seconds to preserve the decision.
The Mustangs hit the road for two in a row next week. They begin the set at Nebraska Christian College Wednesday, Jan. 16, and wrap it up with a trip to Northwestern Saturday, Jan. 19.
SIOUX CITY, IOWA – National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics’ Division II No. 9-ranked Morningside College and No. 12-ranked Dordt College channeled their inner prizefighter personalities over a white-knuckle 40-minute ride at Allee Gymnasium inside the Rosen Verdoorn Sports Center Saturday, Jan. 12.
Head coach Jamie Sale‘s ever-steady offensive trio of sophomore guard Sierra Mitchell(SO/Pleasant Hill, IA) (Pleasant Hill, Iowa), junior forward/center Sydney Hupp (JR/O’Neill, NE) (O’Neill, Neb.) and junior guard Jordyn Moser (JR/Harlan, IA) (Harlan, Iowa) guided the Mustangs (16-4 overall, 8-4 Great Plains Athletic Conference) past a hard-nosed Defender bunch 91-83 in front of better than 1,000 vocal fans. The triumph moved the Maroon past their local foes into fourth on the league standings by a half-game and two and a half back of Northwestern College and Concordia University in second.
Mitchell, extending an amazing string of games with at least one three-pointer to 34, hit four as part of a 23-point, four-assist afternoon. Hupp, battling throughout against a big Dordt inside presence, played a pivotal role across the board winding up with 18 points, eight rebounds and a blocked shot to go along with five steals and four assists. Moser added 14 points, dished out four assists and picked up three steals.
Throwing point streak haymakers at each other was the order of the day in a contest that opened what looks to be an intriguing second half of the league schedule. The theme began from the outset, as the host Mustangs got the Defenders on the ropes quickly, scoring 16 of the first 21, but Dordt, not backing down, answered with 15 straight. The home team surged again in the second 10 minutes to hold a 47-34 halftime advantage behind a 29-14 stretch. However, the Black and Gold clad visitors rallied back, concluding a 31-11 run with a conventional three-point play at the 7:54 mark to the fourth quarter. Eventually, Morningside, winning for the ninth time in the last 10 outings, took one final turn on the run ride, going on a 14-3 skein to counter Dordt’s mammoth reversal which led to the game-ending eight-point margin.
The Mustangs take to the road for two in a row Wednesday, Jan. 16, and Saturday, Jan. 19. They travel to Omaha, Neb., for a match-up with the College of St. Mary Wednesday and to Orange City as part of a Saturday doubleheader against Northwestern.