FREMONT, Neb. – Midland University took the court Saturday night against Mount Marty University, completing their two-game season series, inside Wikert Event Center in Fremont. The Warriors were looking to earn a split with the Lancers and took the fight all the way down until the final seconds before coming up just short, 79-78.
Out of the gate, Emanuel Bryson carried the Warriors to an early lead with aggressive drives to the basket, finishing over multiple Lancer defenders on his way to six straight points and eight of the Warriors’ first 14 points.
Midland held the lead for the opening 15 minutes of the game, connecting on three of their first four three-point attempts, and held an eight-point lead twice in the opening half. However, a cold stretch compound by an 11-0 run by Mount Marty allowed the Lancers to cut the lead to just two at the intermission, 38-36.
The second half featured plenty of scoring and efficient shooting for both sides as they shot 50% or better from the field and over 40% from three-point range. The Warriors were 14-of-28 from the field and 7-of-17 from behind the arc, while the Lancers were 17-of-31 and 6-of-13.
A 9-0 run in the beginning stages of the second stanza powered Mount Marty to their biggest lead of the game at 60-50, with just 10:28 left in the game. Midland would counter with an 8-3 run that ignited the play of Jake Rueschhoff. Rueschhoff scored or assisted on 14 of the Warriors’ next 22 points as his final jump-shot would cut the Lancers’ lead to four, 76-72, with just 1:45 remaining.
After a Lancer layup, Arturo Montes connected on his fifth three-pointer of the game to cut the lead back to three. After forcing a miss by the Lancers on the next possession, Midland got the ball back with 24 seconds remaining and a chance to tie.
Unfortunately, the Warriors lost control on a possible game-tying shot. They would be forced to foul, sending the Lancers to the line with less than two seconds left. The Lancers would push their advantage to four, hitting the first free throw. The ensuing rebound went to Colby Tichota who quickly tapped the ball to Bo Sandquist who connect on a three-quarter court shot at the buzzer to shrink the Warriors’ loss to a single point.
Rueschhoff led the Warriors in scoring with a career-high 24 points. Montes scored 15 points off the bench while Sandquist finished with 10 points.
“We had some stops on initial shots but didn’t check out and do some of the things we wanted to do on the other end of the court,” said head coach Oliver Drake postgame. “It was good to see Jake play aggressive tonight. He’s a really good player. I thought he passed on some open looks in the first half but after we got after him about that he responded. Arturo had some big threes. When you can get that out of a guy in your five-spot it really stretches the defense. Both of those guys played well and had some timely baskets for us.”
Midland (4-14, 2-13 GPAC) will be right back at with a game at home this Saturday against Northwestern (16-5, 11-5 GPAC). The Raiders defeated the Warriors 97-79 back in November. The rematch is set to tip at 4:00 p.m. inside Wikert Event Center in Fremont.
FREMONT, Neb. – Midland University’s women’s basketball team was able to hold onto an early lead to pull out a win against Mount Marty University, with a final score of 70-64 on Wednesday night.
The Warriors got off to a hot start from behind the arch shooting 3-of-5, giving them a quick eight-point lead. Mount Marty responded with a few buckets of their own, cutting down Midland’s lead to three. A layup from Emma Shepard allowed the Warriors to regain a five-point margin after one quarter of play, 16-11.
The Lancers went on another quick run to start the second quarter, pulling within two points. Midland found an answer again, going on a 9-0 run to make it an 11-point game, which would be their largest lead of the night. Seven of the nine points during the stretch came from Peyton Wingert. Midland cruised into halftime with a comfortable 34-27 lead.
Mount Marty came out of the break and hit a three-pointer than a jump shot to pull back into the game, down just two points, 34-32.
Every time the Warriors tried to extend their lead, the Lancers had a response. Midland would lead 51-47 heading into the final quarter.
A minute into the fourth quarter, after Mount Marty pulled within one point, the teams went ice-cold offensively with the next point not coming until the 5:40 mark. That’s when Lexis Haase went on a personal six-point run for Midland.
After a pair of layups by both teams, Mount Marty went on a 6-0 run to make it a one-point game with 2:24 remaining.
Haase would respond for Midland with a clutch three-pointer to extend the lead to two possessions once more. The Lancers would covert on back-to-back layups, with a Wingert layup sandwiched in between.
With 11 seconds left, Kraft would hit a pair of free throws to make it a four-point lead and then Emma Shepard sealed the victory with a steal and layup in the final seconds.
The Warriors’ defense was a big factor in the win, forcing the Lancers into 17 turnovers compared to just 11 turnovers by Midland.
Wingert led all scorers for Midland with 21 points. She made eight field goals, tying a season-high. Haase finished with 17 points and Shepard had 13 points off the bench.
Midland (13-8, 10-8 GPAC) will have a quick turnaround as they host (RV) Northwestern (12-8, 12-5 GPAC) on Saturday. They’ll tipoff with the Raiders at 2:00 p.m. inside Wikert Event Center on January 30. The Warriors won the first meeting of the season, 80-74, on November 21, 2020.