SIOUX CITY, IOWA – A red-hot 61.7 percent field goal rate allowed National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics’ Division II No. 2-ranked Morningside College to conclude an unbeaten home regular season run Saturday, Feb. 9.
Honoring the Class of 2019 trio of guards Pierce Almond (SR/Grand Island, NE ) (Grand Island, Neb.), Brody Egger (SR/Urbandale, IA) (Urbandale, Iowa) and Andrew Semadeni (SR/Fort Collins, Co ) (Fort Collins, Colo.), the Mustangs got a stern early-test for 12th-ranked and crosstown Great Plains Athletic Conference rival Briar Cliff University. The Chargers, after falling behind 16-9 to their hosts in front of a capacity and raucous crowd inside Allee Gymnasium at the Rosen Verdoorn Sports Center, pulled to as close as two in the later stages of the opening 20 minutes and trailed only 46-40 at the break.
Morningside (24-1 overall, 17-1 GPAC) kept its attacking full-court offense moving towards the rim during the final 20 minutes, while the visitors struggled from the perimeter. Head coach Jim Sykes‘ squad held as large as a 23-point cushion before concluding an 11-0 home regular season mark with a 97-79 victory.
Each of the five starters finished in double-digits. Sophomore guard Zach Imig (SO/Gretna, NE ) (Gretna, Neb.) and junior forward Matt Hahn (JR/Fremont, NE ) (Fremont, Neb.) each ended in the 20-point-plus territory with 23 apiece. Junior center Tyler Borchers (JR/Le Mars, IA ) (LeMars, Iowa) found himself in double-double country again with 14 points and 13 boards and was just three assists shy of a rare triple-double. Egger dealt a 17-point hand of his own, and junior guard Alex Borchers (JR/South Sioux City, NE ) (South Sioux City, Iowa) wound up with 12.
The Maroon take to the road on Wednesday, Feb. 13. An 8 p.m. tip-off at Doane College in Crete, Neb., begins a two-game league span to wind up the regular season.
SIOUX CITY, IOWA – Sophomore guard Sierra Mitchell (SO/Pleasant Hill, IA) (Pleasant Hill, Iowa) and junior forward/center Sydney Hupp (JR/O’Neill, NE) (O’Neill, Neb.) each finished in double figures, leading National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics’ Division II No. 14-ranked Morningside College Saturday, Feb. 9.
Mitchell hit three three-pointers in route to an 11-point afternoon inside Allee Gymnasium and the Rosen Verdoorn Sports Center. Hupp, a game removed from joining the Mustangs’ 1,000-point club, added 13. Their combination wasn’t enough to offset a determined Briar Cliff University squad, as the visitors scored 14 of the first 21 points and didn’t look back. The Chargers built as large as a 21-point advantage before turning in a 78-61 decision.
Other positive numbers for the Maroon came from junior guard Jordyn Moser (JR/Harlan, IA) (Harlan, Iowa) with eight points, three assists and two steals; freshman forward Haleigh Melstad(FR/Vermillion, SD) (Vermillion, S.D.) with seven points behind two three-pointers; and sophomore forward Kailey Burke (SO/Hinton, IA) (Hinton, Iowa) with seven points, two rebounds and a blocked shot. Melstad and Burke were the leading contributors from the Maroon bench.
Morningside (18-10 overall, 10-10 GPAC) take to the road to conclude the regular season. Their two-game stretch starts at Doane College in Crete, Neb., Wednesday, Feb. 13, with a 6 p.m. start.