SIOUX CITY, IOWA – The number 90 continues to be a favorite for Morningside College.
Head coach Jim Sykes‘ Mustangs, improving to 19-1 overall and 12-1 in the Great Plains Athletic Conference, reached the magical destination for a fifth straight contest Thursday, Jan. 24. Ranked No. 3 on the latest National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics’ Division II poll, the Maroon broke away from a 13-13 tie at the 14:51 mark of the first half, compiling a 17-0 run and not looking back in route to a 98-64 victory in front of a happy home crowd at Allee Gymnasium inside the Rosen Verdoorn Sports Center.
At every turn, the home team numbers were impressive. Mside hit better than 53 percent from the field, drained 16 three-point baskets, and finished with all five starters scoring in double figures. Junior forward Matt Hahn (JR/Fremont, NE ) (Fremont, Neb.) was at the forefront, scoring 21 points, his second 20-point-plus total in the last four contests, as he canned seven three-pointers. His evening’s output didn’t stop on the scoreboard, as he dished out a tri-team high five assists and grabbed six rebounds.
Senior guard Brody Egger (SR/Urbandale, IA) (Urbandale, Iowa) was next on the points chart, finishing with 16 which included four treys. Junior forward/center Tyler Borchers (JR/Le Mars, IA ) (LeMars, Iowa) and sophomore guard Zac Imig (Gretna, Neb.) were just a rebound off of twin double-doubles, as Borchers tossed in 13 to go with nine boards, and Imig wound up with 12 points and nine rebounds and five assists. Junior guard Alex Borchers (JR/South Sioux City, NE ) (South Sioux City, Neb.) rounded out the double-digit parade with 12 points to go with five assists.
The Mustangs’ current homestand resumes Saturday, Jan. 26. It’s a clash of top 20 Division II and league foes with No. 17 Dakota Wesleyan University visiting for a 4 p.m. tip-off.
SIOUX CITY, IOWA – A tough luck 20 minutes of field goal shooting and turnovers coupled with a red-hot offensive performance by visiting Hastings College spelled trouble for Morningside College Thursday, Jan. 24.
The Mustangs managed just a nine of 31 effort from the field and surrendered 14 turnovers in the first half. Meanwhile, the Broncos were on fire hitting at 73.9 percent from the field to take a 55-27 lead into the locker room. Head coach Jamie Sale‘s side got off the mat quickly in the second half, scoring the first nine points and eventually using a 40-20 run to pull as close as eight in the middle stages of the final period. With the home crowd inside Allee Gymnasium at the Rosen Verdoorn Sports Center in a frenzy with the possibility of a complete reversal, Hastings managed to find enough fuel to stem the tide down the stretch to a 91-78 Great Plains Athletic Conference win and sweep of the season series.
In the wake of a second successive loop loss that dropped Mside, ranked No. 9 on the current National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Division II poll, to 17-6 overall and 9-6 in the GPAC, there was a silver lining. Sophomore guard Sierra Mitchell (SO/Pleasant Hill, IA) (Pleasant Hill, Iowa) and junior forward/center Sydney Hupp (JR/O’Neill, NE) (O’Neill, Neb.) helped spearhead the second half charge points-wise, both tallying 11 points with Mitchell extending her streak of games with a made three-pointer to 36 and Hupp nearing a double-double with seven rebounds and three assists. Junior guard Jordyn Moser (JR/Harlan, IA) (Harlan, Iowa) played a big role in a stifling Maroon full-court defense that made things difficult on the Bronco defense in the second stanza, picking up five steals to go with nine points, and freshman forward Sophia Peppers(FR/Exira, IA) (Exira, Iowa) led the bench efforts, going three-of-three from the field which included hitting both of her three-point attempts to finish with eight points.
Morningside continues its two-game homestand Saturday, Jan. 26. Fourth-ranked Dakota Wesleyan University comes to town for a 2 p.m. tip-off.