Morningside overcame a fast start by its opponent when it opened the men’s basketball season with an 80-76 victory against the University of Saint Mary on Tuesday in Sioux City.
The visiting Spires held a seven-point lead (25-18) with 3:26 left in the first half before the Mustangs went on a 14-4 scoring run to close out the half to take a 35-32 lead into the intermission.
Morningside led for almost the entire second half and once the Spires grabbed the lead, the Mustangs answered with another scoring run to close out the victory. Saint Mary led 68-65 with 4:02 left to play before the Mustangs outscored the Spires 15-8 the rest of the way.
Brody Egger, who led the Mustangs with 18 points, put the hosts ahead to stay on a layup that gave Morningside a 66-65 lead with 4:30 left in the game. Egger scored seven of the Mustangs’ final 15 points of the contest. The Mustangs opened their largest lead of the game when Tristan Cummins bombed in a 3-point field goal to put the Mustangs up by nine points, 78-69, with 1:35 left to play.
Egger led the Mustangs with 18 points and did much of his scoring from long range, where he made four of eight 3-point field goal attempts. Egger was joined in double figures by Alex Borchers, who scored 14 points behind a six-for-seven shooting performance from the field, and Tyler Borchers, who drilled six of eight floor shots en route to 13 points.
Freshman Zach Imig just missed double figures with nine points in his Morningside debut. Tristan Cummins provided a career-high seven points off the bench and fellow reserves Matthew Hahn and Ben Hoskins both chipped in with six points. Hahn and Hoskins each went two-for-three from the 3-point arc.
Aside from his career-high seven points, Cummins also grabbed a career-high six rebounds to lead the Mustangs to a 34-29 advantage on the boards. Egger, Imig and Tyler Borchers all added five caroms.
Alex Borchers dealt a game and career-high nine assists and led the Mustangs with three steals.
Morningside shot 50.0 percent from the field with 30 hoops in 60 attempts.
The Mustangs will face College of the Ozarks on Friday at 7:30 p.m. in Point Lookout, Mo.