Tyler Borchers scored a career-high 26 points to lead Morningside’s men’s basketball team to an 85-77 victory against Doane on Tuesday in Crete, Neb.
Borchers, whose previous scoring best was 25 points against Dakota Wesleyan last season, did much of his scoring from the free-throw line, where he converted 14 of 16 attempts to compliment a six-for-14 shooting performance from the field.
The Mustangs climbed to 5-1 overall and 2-0 in the GPAC and had three other players score in double figures. Freshman guard Zach Imig scored 14 points behind a six-for-seven shooting performance from the field, while Brody Egger and freshman Trey Brown each had 13 points. Imig and Brown were prep teammates at Gretna High School, where they helped lead the Dragons to back-to-back Nebraska Class B state championships.
Like Borchers, Egger did much of his scoring from the foul line, where he converted nine of 10 shots.
Aside from their double figure scorers, the Mustangs received a nine-point performance off the bench from Ben Hoskins, followed by Alex Borchers with five points, Pierce Almond with three and Trystan Cummins with two.
The Mustangs won the game at the foul line, where they outscored the host Tigers by 20 points. Morningside converted 28 of 39 attempts from the charity stripe, while Doane had only 13 attempts and made eight.
Tyler Borchers paced the Mustangs with eight rebounds to lead the guests to a 42-37 advantage on the boards. Hoskins and Brown each added five caroms.
Morningside shot 50 percent from the field with 27 hoops in 54 attempts and committed only 10 turnovers. Doane had only eight turnovers, but shot 42.5 percent from the field.
The Mustangs led for most of the first half, including an 11-point advantage (34-23) with 5:29 left, before taking a 43-38 lead into the intermission.
Morningside maintained its lead through the first seven minutes of the second half before Doane took a 55-54 lead on a 3-point field goal by Anthony Laravie with 12:51 left in the game.
The Mustangs took the lead for good when Egger made a free throw with 10:09 left to break a 59-59 tie and trigger a 20-7 Morningside scoring run that put the guests ahead by 13 points, 79-66, on a basket by Egger with 2:53 left.
Morningside will host Northwestern in its GPAC home opener on Wednesday, Nov. 29.
Nationally ranked Morningside won its sixth game in a row with an 86-66 GPAC women’s basketball triumph against Doane on Tuesday in Crete, Neb.
The Mustangs, ranked 10th nationally in the NAIA Division II, improved their record to 8-2 overall and 3-0 in the GPAC.
Madison Braun led the winners with a game-high 20 points for her sixth scoring performance of 20 points or more in the first 10 games. Braun received double figure scoring support from Sierra Mitchell with 16 points and Sydney Hupp with 15 tallies. Lauren Lehmkuhl just missed twin figures with nine points off the bench. Jenna Bork was next with seven points, followed by Alexandra Gill, six; Rachelle Housh, five; Jordyn Moser, four; Mady Maly, three; and Tayte Hansen, one. All 10 of Morningside’s players who saw court time scored.
Aside from her game-high 20 points, Braun grabbed a career-high nine rebounds to share game honors with Lehmkuhl and Doane’s Cortney Arkfeld. Hupp added eight rebounds to help the Mustangs win the board battle by a 49-36 margin.
Maly contributed a game-high six assists off the bench.
Morningside never trailed after Braun and Moser scored the first two baskets of the game. The Mustangs built a 10-point lead, 19-9, on a basket by Gill with 3:28 left in the first quarter before the Tigers battled back to close within 19-17 at the quarter break.
Doane tied the score at 21 on a basket by Alea Shaner with 8:51 left in the second quarter before Gill put the Mustangs ahead to stay at 23-21 with 6:28 left in the first half. Morningside doubled the Tigers score (21-10) in the second quarter to take a 40-27 lead into the intermission.
Morningside opened its largest lead of the game at 20 points on a free throw by Hansen that capped the scoring with 46 seconds left and the Mustangs up 86-66.
Morningside will host Northwestern College in a 6 p.m. contest on Wednesday, Nov. 29.