Sixth-ranked Morningside advanced to the GPAC Men’s Basketball Post-Season Tournament Semifinals with an 83-63 victory against Dordt in Wednesday’s quarterfinal round game in Sioux City.
The Mustangs remained undefeated at home with a 12-0 record in the Rosen Verdoorn Sports Center and raised their overall record to 24-6. Morningside, which has already secured a NAIA Division II National Tournament berth as this season’s outright GPAC regular season champion, will host 18th ranked Dakota Wesleyan at 3 p.m. in this Saturday’s GPAC Semifinals.
Morningside shot 55.9 percent and had five players score in double figures in its quarterfinal victory against the Defenders. The Mustangs, one of the top shooting teams in the nation with a season’s accuracy mark of 51.9 percent, have shot over 50 percent in 13 of their last 15 contests.
The Mustangs’ Tyler Borchers had three slam dunks on his way to a game-high 18 points. Borchers also collected a game-high 12 rebounds and dealt a game and career-high five assists while posting his eighth double double of the season.
Mustang starters Matthew Hahn and Zach Imig also scored in double figures with 14 and 13 points, respectively, while reserves Trey Brown and Andrew Semadeni each added 11 points.
Hahn stung the Defenders from long range with a four-for-six shooting performance from the 3-point arc. Brown, who also grabbed seven rebounds, posted his team-high 12th double figure scoring performance off the bench this season. Semadeni achieved a career scoring high with his 11 points, which came just one game after his previous high of 10 points against the same Defenders the previous Wednesday in Sioux Center, Iowa.
Brody Egger just missed double figures with eight points to go along with four assists.
Aside from his 13 points, Imig grabbed six rebounds and led all performers with three steals.
Morningside, which defeated Dordt by scores of 90-77 and 93-72 during the regular season, took a 50-40 lead into the intermission.
Dordt went on a 15-4 scoring run to start the second half and took a 55-54 lead on a 3-pointer by Chad Barkema with 15:28 left in the game. Morningside answered with a 28-4 scoring run to put the Defenders away. Tyler Borchers capped the run when he made a free throw with 3:04 left to give the Mustangs a 24-point cushion for their largest lead of the game at 83-59 with 3:04 left.
Sydney Hupp made a layup with two seconds left to lift No. 13 Morningside to a 69-67 victory against No. 12 Hastings in Wednesday’s GPAC Women’s Basketball Tournament Quarterfinal in Hastings, Neb.
Hupp’s winning hoop was set up by Jordyn Moser, who penetrated into the lane and dished an assist to Hupp for the deciding shot.
The Mustangs improved their record to 21-10 and advanced to this Saturday’s GPAC Semifinals and a 3 p.m. matchup against second-ranked Concordia in Seward, Neb.
Morningside avenged a pair of regular season defeats with its quarterfinal round victory against Hastings and will hope to follow the same formula in the semifinals after it lost 95-64 and 88-80 against Concordia during the regular season.
Madison Braun poured in a game-high 22 points to lead the Mustangs to their victory at Hastings. Braun, who scored 17 of her points after the intermission, led the Mustangs in scoring for the 13th time in their last 16 games. Braun, the NAIA II national leader in 3-point field goals, bombed in five of eight 3-point shots to raise her season’s total to 120 3-pointers to close within 10 treys of the Morningside record of 130 3-pointers in a season set by Kate Lokken in the Mustangs’ 2003-04 NAIA Division II National Championship campaign.
Lauren Lehmkuhl is also approaching a milestone after she tossed in a season’s high 14 points behind a three-for-five shooting performance from the 3-point arc. Lehmkuhl raised her career scoring tally to 996 points to move within four points of becoming the 29th 1000-point scorer in Morningside women’s basketball history.
Hupp and Moser also scored in double figures with 11 points each, followed by Sierra Mitchell with seven tallies.
Grace Meyer came off the Mustangs’ bench to grab a team and season’s high seven rebounds, but it wasn’t enough to prevent a 36-31 Hastings rebounding advantage. Braun and Hupp were right behind with six caroms each.
Moser dealt four assists to match the Broncos’ Emma Grenfell for game honors.
Holly Hild led the Broncos with 16 points and was joined in double figures by Grenfell with 15 and Shandra Farmer with 13.
Morningside shot 46.3 percent from the field, including an 11-for-22 effort for 50.0 percent from the 3-point arc. Hastings shot just 37.9 percent from the field.
The teams played to ties of 16, 30 and 48 points after each of the first three quarters. A 3-pointer by Braun, a conventional 3-point play by Moser and a jump shot by Hupp staked the Mustangs to a 56-50 lead with 8:22 left in the game.
Hastings tied the game at 59 on a jump shot by Farmer with 3:34 left and the Broncos took a 62-61 lead on a 3-pointer by Farmer with 2:43 left.
Morningside led 67-65 before Farmer made two free throws with nine second left to tie the score and set up Hupp’s game winning shot.