CRETE, NEB. – Morningside College kept pace with Great Plains Athletic Conference-leading Dakota Wesleyan University Wednesday, Jan. 6, toppling Doane University 96-73.
The win improved head coach Jim Sykes‘ squad to 12-2 overall and 8-2 in the league, only a game and a half behind DWU.
Mside got out of the gates with some hot shooting as they opened up at a 54.3% field goal rate and led 46-29 to end the first half. Senior center Trey Brown (SR/Gretna, NE ) (Gretna, Neb.) was at the forefront, tallying 18 points to go with seven rebounds and three assists. His board totals were part of an overall team statement on the glass in the frame, as the visitors out-rebounded the Tigers 24-12.
The second half featured a more even scoring distribution leading to the Mustangs finishing with four players in double-digits. Brown wound up with his eighth double-double of the season, garnering 22 points and 11 rebounds with eight of those coming on the offensive glass. Senior guard Zach Imig (SR/Gretna, NE ) (Gretna, Neb.) earned a double-double, too, adding 12 points and ten rebounds for his fourth such 2020-21 output. Freshman guard Aidan Vanderloo (FR/Sioux City, IA) (Sioux City, Iowa) started his first game in a Maroon uniform, making the most of it with 12 points, all of which occurred in the second half. Sophomore guard Trey Powers (SO/Omaha, NE) (Omaha, Neb.) chipped in 12 off the bench behind three-for-seven shooting from the field.
Mside’s team totals brought history to mind on the court inside the George and Sally Haddix Recreation Center. The 96 points aggregated were the most since the 2019-20 group accumulated 99 against College of the Ozarks in the first round of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics tournament. A whopping 53-29 rebounding advantage, which included 18 offensive caroms, marked the most boards they’ve pulled down in a game since Feb. 5 of last season, which they totaled the same against Midland University. The Mustangs’ 18 offensive rebounds were the most since they pulled down 19 in the first round of the 2018 NAIA tourney against Trinity International.
On Saturday, Jan. 9, Morningside heads home to take on Hastings College at 4 p.m. at Allee Gymnasium inside the Rosen-Verdoorn Sports Center. The clash with the Broncos opens the program’s second-half version of the conference season.