SIOUX CITY, IOWA – Stymying a usually red-hot shooting Mount Marty College long-range shooting arsenal, Morningside College kept its 2019-20 season unblemished Saturday, Jan. 25.
The visiting Lancers, who canned 17 treys at a high-rent district 45.9 percent clip in the two sides’ first meeting in Yankton earlier this month, managed 11 long-distance makes at a rugged 33.3 percent rate inside Allee Gymnasium of the Rosen-Verdoorn Sports Center. Meanwhile, the host Mustangs hit 13 three-pointers at nearly 45 percent as part of a solid 49.1 percent overall field goal outing. Those numbers added in with a 22-11 advantage in made free throws and a 40-33 edge on the glass factored into a 91-72 Great Plains Athletic Conference win.
After a nip-and-tuck start, head coach Jim Sykes‘ team (22-0 overall, 14-0 GPAC) broke away from an 11-11 tie at the 12:56 mark with a 22-5 run. The Maroon went to halftime with a 43-28 lead and had to withstand an MMC surge that cut the margin to 12 (57-45) midway through the second 20, using a 9-0 stretch to up the ante to 21.
Senior guard Alex Borchers (SR/South Sioux City, NE ) (South Sioux City, Neb.) flourished in front of the capacity crowd. He scored 20 points, a personal season-high, and was only two boards short of a double-double while dishing out four assists. Senior forward Matt Hahn (SR/Fremont, NE ) (Fremont, Neb.) wowed the home crowd with more outer area code three-point buckets as part of a 15-point, five-rebound, one-blocked shot and two-assist afternoon. The upperclassman inside duo of senior Tyler Borchers (SR/Le Mars, IA ) (LeMars, Iowa) and junior Trey Brown (JR/Gretna, NE ) (Gretna, Neb.) also wound up in double-digits with Brown totaling 12 and Borchers finishing with 11.
Mside hits the road for two straight beginning Wednesday, Jan. 29. Tip-off time at Hastings College’s Lynn Farrell Arena is 8 p.m.
SIOUX CITY, IOWA – A 9-0 Morningside College run to open a Great Plains Athletic Conference clash inside Allee Gymnasium and the Rosen-Verdoorn Sports Center Saturday, Jan. 25, foreshadowed a sparkling 40 minutes.
Head coach Jamie Sale‘s squad built off that roll and didn’t look back, growing the lead to as much as 39 before winding up a 91-63 victor over visiting Mount Marty College. The Mustangs, moving to 18-5 overall and 12-3 in the conference, hit at a 47 percent clip from the field overall, draining 11 three-pointers in the process, as three players finished in double digits.
Junior guard Sierra Mitchell (JR/Pleasant Hill, IA) (Pleasant Hill, Iowa) led the trio with 23 points, canning three treys to run her string of contests with multiple three-pointers to 20. It wasn’t all she accomplished though, as her stat line included three rebounds and four steals, as the patented Maroon defense stifled the Lancers to the tune of 21 turnovers. Sophomore forward Sophia Peppers (SO/Exira, IA) (Exira, Iowa) added 17 while dishing out four assists and grabbing six rebounds. Fellow sophomore forward Taylor Rodenburgh (SO/Hawarden, IA) (Hawarden, Iowa) kept her super-sub status intact with 12 points, four rebounds, and one steal.
The Mustangs, staying a half-game behind Concordia University for second on the loop standings, begin back-to-back road tests Wednesday, Jan. 29. Mside faces off with conference unbeaten and No. 2-ranked Hastings College at HC’s Lynn Farrell Arena in a 6 p.m. tip-off.