SIOUX CITY, IOWA – Every coach likes to have a senior presence going down the stretch in a big game.
Morningside College head coach Jim Sykes had one such effort help guide the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics’ Division II second-ranked Mustangs into the 2019 Great Plains Athletic Conference postseason tournament championship. Guard Brody Egger (SR/Urbandale, IA) (Urbandale, Iowa), who’s delivered so many impressive outings inside Allee Gymnasium of the Rosen Verdoorn Sports Center, posted another one Saturday, Feb. 23.
Egger tallied a game-high 28 points, his third-highest single-game performance, to spark a second-half comeback that led Morningside to an 88-81 win over a tenacious Dakota Wesleyan University squad in one of two semifinals of the Cypress Risk Management league tourney. Fourteen of the digits occurred in the final 4:25, as he placed 14 of the team’s last 16 on the scoreboard including a falling away three-point basket that occurred in the final minute as the shot clock ran out with the home crowd roaring in approval.
He was one of four Maroon players in double figures. Junior forward Matt Hahn (JR/Fremont, NE ) (Fremont, Neb.) finished with 20 and six rebounds, tying Egger for the same board total; junior forward/center Tyler Borchers (JR/Le Mars, IA ) (LeMars, Iowa) added 13 points and six rebounds; and junior guard Alex Borchers (JR/South Sioux City, NE ) (South Sioux City, Iowa) reached a personal milestone, hitting the 1000-point mark with 11 which was part of an afternoon where he added four assists which tied sophomore guard Zach Imig (SO/Gretna, NE ) (Gretna, Neb.) for the team lead.
The Mustangs (27-2) host the conference tournament championship game for a second successive season. Game time against second-seeded Jamestown is 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26.