Fifteenth-ranked Morningside shot a sizzling 63.0 percent from the field in a 97-73 men’s basketball victory against Nebraska Christian on Thursday in Sioux City.
The Mustangs drilled 34 of 54 floor shots and won their fifth game in a row to improve their record to 8-1.
Nebraska Christian shot just 38.4 percent from the field and was pounded on the boards with a 44-29 rebounding deficit.
Alex Borchers and Zach Imig shared Morningside scoring honors with 16 points. Borchers drilled seven of eight field goal attempts, while Imig made five of six floor shots and converted six of seven free throw attempts to finish with his high point total of the season.
The Mustangs had four other players score in double figures. Tyler Borchers made seven of eight field goal attempts and finished with 14 points. Trey Brown and Ben Hoskins contributed 14 and 10 points, respectively, off the bench and starter Brody Egger had 10 points.
Hoskins, who led the Mustangs on the boards with a season’s high seven rebounds, drilled three of four 3-point field goal attempts.
The Mustangs overcame an early scoring flurry by Sentinel standout D.J. Hanes, who entered the game with a 34-point scoring average. Hanes finished with 38 points and scored the first eight points of the game to put the Mustangs in an early hole. It didn’t take the Mustangs long to catch up, however, as they answered with a 16-6 scoring run and took the lead for good when a Alex Borchers layup put them up 16-14 with 14:35 left in the first half.
Morningside stretched its lead to 50-35 by the intermission after an opening 20 minutes where it made 18 of 27 floor shots for a sizzling 66.7 percent.
The Mustangs expanded their lead to a game-high 30 points in the second half when a Brown free throw made it 83-53 with 6:34 left to play.
Morningside will travel to Briar Cliff on Saturday for a 4 p.m. showdown with its city rival.