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Brad Schmit, a 6-3 senior guard from Jesup, Iowa, was named the Most Valuable Player of the Morningside College men’s basketball team at the Mustangs’ post-season awards banquet on Saturday.
Schmit was the Mustangs’ leading scorer and rebounder this past season with averages of 17.3 points and 5.6 rebounds per game. He made a school-record 96 3-point field goals to break his former Morningside single-season record of 91 3-pointers in 2003-04. Schmit made 198 of 468 field goal attempts for 42.3 percent, 96 of 244 3-point field goal attempts for 39.3 percent, and 113 of 148 free throw attempts for 76.4 percent. He ranked second on the team with 53 steals and third with 63 assists.
Schmit, a NAIA honorable mention All-American, finished his career with 1,987 points to break the former Morningside record of 1,950 career points by 1991 graduate Chris Kuhlmann. Schmit is also the Mustangs’ all-time leader with 329 career 3-point field goals.
The other award winners were:
Defensive Player of the Year – Paul Larsen, a 6-2 senior guard from Neola, Iowa. Larsen, who averaged 5.6 points and 2.6 rebounds per game, received the Mustangs’ Defensive Player of the Year award for the third year in a row.
Most Improved Player – Jack Rother, a 6-3 sophomore guard from Wolbach, Neb. Rother was an instant offense performer off the Mustangs’ bench with an average of 12.3 points per game to rank second on the team in scoring.
Outstanding Student – Tim Johnson, a 6-4 senior forward from Fairfield, Neb. Johnson averaged 8.7 points and 5.0 rebounds per game in his first season as a starter.
The 2005-06 Morningside College men’s basketball team will go down as the winningest team in college history after the Mustangs won a school-record 28 games.
Morningside posted a 28-7 record this past winter to break its former record of 26 wins in a season set by the school’s NCAA Division II Final Four team in 1982-83. The Mustangs, who were ranked 14th nationally in the final NAIA Division II regular season poll, advanced to the Elite Eight of the NAIA Division II National Tournament for the college’s best post-season showing since the 1994-95 team reached the Elite Eight of the NCAA II tournament.
The ability to get to the free-throw line was pivotal in the Mustangs’ success. Morningside outscored its opposition by 176 points from the free-throw line and set school single-season records with 650 free throws and 878 free throw attempts to shatter the former school marks of 530 made free throws in 1998-99 and 726 free throw attempts in 2004-05. The Mustangs broke school single-game records with 49 made free throws and 58 free throw attempts in a 135-133 quadruple overtime victory against Dana College on Jan. 21. The 135 points against Dana tied Morningside’s single-game scoring record first set against Westmar University on Nov. 18, 1995.
Morningside also established new single-season records with 2,933 points scored, 325 3-point field goals, 516 assists, and 359 steals to break the former standards of 2,577 points in 1990-91, 305 3-point field goals in 1996-97, 512 assists in 1990-91, and 317 steals in 2004-05.
On an individual basis, Brad Schmit, a 6-3 senior guard from Jesup, Iowa, became the all-time leading scorer in Morningside history with 1,987 career points to break the former record of 1,950 career points by 1991 graduate Chris Kuhlmann. Schmit, who was already the Mustangs’ career 3-point field goal leader, made a Morningside single-season record 96 3-pointers this season to raise his career total to 329 3-pointers. He broke his own former Morningside single-season record of 91 3-pointers in 2003-04.
Schmit was the Mustangs’ leading scorer and rebounder this season with averages of 17.3 points and 5.6 rebounds per game.
Tom Regan, a 6-6 senior center from Ewing, Neb., was also an individual record setter. Regan made 166 free throws to break the former Morningside single-season record of 146 free throws by Tim West in 1998-99. Regan made 17 free throws in the Mustangs’ quadruple overtime win against Dana to tie the Mustangs’ single-game record first set by West against North Dakota State University on Jan. 31, 1998.
Regan finished his career as the 11th leading scorer in Morningside history with 1,218 career points.
Paul McGill, a 6-2 senior guard from Littleton, Colo., joined the Mustangs’ 1000-point club during the national tournament. He finished his career in 19th place on Morningside’s all-time scoring list with 1,013 points.
Matt Johnson, a 6-0 sophomore guard from Council Bluffs, Iowa, played a major role in the Mustangs’ record-setting assist and steal totals. He was the Mustangs’ individual leader with 111 assists and 55 steals for averages of 3.2 assists and 1.6 steals per game.
Brad Schmit, a 6-3 senior guard from Jesup, Iowa, was named to the honorable mention list of the 2006 NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball All-America team released Tuesday evening.
Schmit was the Mustangs’ leading scorer and rebounder with averages of 17.3 points and 5.6 rebounds per game. Schmit, who topped the Mustangs in scoring for the third year in a row, also dealt 63 assists and had 53 steals for averages of 1.8 assists and 1.5 steals per game. He made a school-record 96 3-point field goals in 244 attempts for 39.3 percent. Schmit made 198 of 468 overall field goal attempts for 46.8 percent and converted 113 of 148 free throw attempts for 76.4 percent.
Schmit was also a honorable mention All-American last year and is a three-time first-team All-Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) performer. He is the all-time leading scorer in Morningside history with 1,987 career points as well as the Mustangs’ all-time leader with 329 career 3-point field goals.
He had a team-high 30 double figure scoring performances this season, including a high of 34 points in games against St. Ambrose University and Northwestern College. Schmit also had a career-high 11 rebounds in the St. Ambrose game.
Morningside posted a 28-7 record this season to set a school record for victories. The Mustangs were ranked 14th nationally in the final NAIA Division II regular season poll, were GPAC post-season tournament champions, and reached the Elite Eight of the NAIA Division II National Tournament.
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Brad Schmit, a 6-3 senior guard from Jesup, Iowa, was named to the all-tournament team at the NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball National Tournament held March 8-14 at Point Lookout, Mo.
Schmit helped lead the Mustangs to the national tournament’s Elite Eight with an 87-84 opening round victory against Cornerstone University and a 71-68 second round triumph against Warner Pacific University. The Mustangs bowed out with an 82-70 loss against Huntington University in the quarterfinals.
Schmit averaged 16.0 points and 5.7 rebounds per game in the Mustangs’ three national tournament contests. He was the Mustangs’ leading scorer with 19 points against Warner Pacific and 21 points against Huntington and topped the team with five rebounds against Cornerstone. Schmit made 10 of 22 3-point field goal attempts for 45.5 percent in the three games.
Schmit finished his career as the all-time leading scorer in Morningside history with 1,987 career points as well as the Mustangs’ all-time leader with 329 career 3-point field goals.
Morningside bowed out of the NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball National Tournament with an 82-70 loss against second-ranked Huntington College in Saturday’s quarterfinals at Point Lookout, Mo.
The Mustangs, who finished with a 28-7 record to set a school record for victories, made their farthest venture into the post-season since the 1994-95 team reached the Elite Eight of the NCAA Division II tournament. Morningside, the regular season runner-up in the GPAC, had advanced to the national tournament by winning the GPAC’s post-season tournament.
Huntington, which will take a 31-5 record into the national semifinals against MidAmerican Nazarene University, had reached the national tournament by winning the Mid-Central College Conference tournament.
Morningside, ranked 14th in the nation, threatened to take out the heavily favored Foresters when it took a 52-41 lead midway through the second half for its largest lead of the game. However, Huntington outscored the Mustangs 41-18 from that point on.
The Mustangs took their last lead at 61-59 on a 3-pointer by Paul McGill at the eight minute mark. Huntington came right back to tie the score at 61-61 to start a 13-2 run that put the Foresters in front 72-63.
Brad Schmit, the Mustangs’ all-time career scoring leader, went out with a big night with a game-high 21 points. Schmit, who made six of 13 3-point field goal attempts, finished his career with a school-record 1,987 points.
Fellow senior Tim Johnson also had a big night with 16 points for one of the top scoring efforts of his career to go along with a team-high eight rebounds.
Thomas Pargett was next with nine points to lead the Mustangs’ reserves. Trevor Lally and Paul McGill each added seven points.
Johnson’s eight rebounds led the Mustangs to a 37-35 advantage on the boards.
Jack Rother topped the Mustangs with five assists, while Schmit was right behind with four assists.
Huntington finished the night with a 54 percent shooting mark from the field and committed only 11 turnovers, while the Mustangs suffered a through a chilly 36.4 percent shooting performance.
Schmit (12), Johnson (10), and Pargett (nine) combined for all but four of the Mustangs points in the first half when they built a 35-29 lead at the intermission. The Mustangs jumped in front to an early 14-8 lead before Huntington went on a 14-2 run to take a 22-16 lead. Down 24-19, the Mustangs outscored Huntington 16-5 through the rest of the half.
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Morningside advanced to the Elite Eight of the 2006 NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball National Tournament with a late night 71-68 upset win against fifth-ranked Warner Pacific College in the second round of the national tournament on Friday at Point Lookout, Mo.
The Mustangs, ranked 14th in the nation, will take a 28-6 record into a quarterfinal round contest against second-ranked Huntington College on Saturday at 8 p.m. Huntington improved its record to 30-5 with a 104-93 victory against Evangel University in its second round contest.
Morningside’s Brad Schmit led all scorers with 19 points and became the college’s all-time career scoring leader in the process. Schmit raised his career total to 1,966 points to break the former Morningside record of 1,950 career points held by 1991 graduate Chris Kuhlmann.
Tom Regan and Jack Rother also scored in double figures for the winners with 11 points each, while Paul Larsen and Thomas Pargett each added eight tallies.
Tom Regan led the Mustangs on the boards with nine rebounds to lead the winners to a 44-40 edge in the team count. Schmit and Rother each added seven rebounds, with the seven rebounds by Rother matching his career high.
Rother added a game-high three steals.
The contest, the eighth of Friday’s second round matchups, began over an hour later from its scheduled 9:15 p.m. starting time.
The Mustangs stayed within striking distance in the first half despite shooting just 30.6 percent from the field. The Mustangs trailed just 33-28 at the intermission, and then heated up to 45.8 percent in the second half to finish the night at 36.7 percent.
Warner Pacific, regular season champions of the Cascade Collegiate Conference, finished the season with a record of 24-9.
Huntington, the Mid-Central College Conference post-season tournament champion, will take an eight-game winning streak into Saturday evening’s quarterfinals. The Foresters have won 14 of their last 15 games, while Morningside, also riding an eight-game winning streak, has won 11 of its last 12 contests.
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Thomas Pargett came off the bench to play the best game of his collegiate career and Paul McGill reached the 1,000-point career milestone to lead Morningside College to an 87-84 triumph against Cornerstone University in Thursday’s opening round action of the NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball National Tournament at Point Lookout, Mo.
The Mustangs, who won for the ninth time in their last 10 games to climb to 27-6 on the season, will meet Warner Pacific in Friday’s second round at 9:15 p.m.
Pargett, a sophomore from Nebraska City, Neb., scored a career-high 23 points behind an eight-for-10 shooting performance from the field. Pargett, who has scored in double figures in each of the last five games, was a perfect four-for-four from beyond the 3-point arc to shatter his previous scoring best of 14 points in the Mustangs’ 82-79 win against Mount Marty College on Feb. 23. He has made 28 of 38 field goal attempts for 73.7 percent and 10 of 13 3-point attempts for 76.9 percent over the last six games.
McGill, a senior guard from Littleton, Colo., made five of six floor shots, including three of four shots from beyond the 3-point arc, to finish with 14 points to put him at exactly 1,000 points for his career. He became the 19th player in Morningside history to join the 1,000-point club.
Jack Rother and Brad Schmit were next with eight points each, followed by Paul Larsen with seven.
Schmit raised his career scoring total to 1,947 career points to move within three tallies of 1991 graduate Chris Kuhlmann’s Morningside scoring record of 1,950 career points.
Schmit led the Mustangs on the boards with five rebounds in a game where they were outboarded by a 37-32 margin. Matt Johnson led the winners with four assists.
Morningside was the only one of four GPAC teams at the national tournament to advance past the first round. For awhile it looked like the Mustangs might join fellow GPAC members Dordt College, Northwestern College, and the University of Sioux Falls as first round victims after they fell behind 13-2 less than six minutes into the game.
The Mustangs were down 39-31 late in the first half before a 12-point run put them up 43-39 at the intermission. The Mustangs took their first lead at 40-39 on a pair of free throws by Tim Johnson with 1:00 left, and then Seth Atkins scored a conventional three-point play with 21 seconds left for the last points of the half.
Morningside outscored Cornerstone 25-11 to start the second half to move in front by 18 points at 68-50, for its largest lead of the game. The Mustangs still led by 18 at 70-52 with 9:39 left to play before the Golden Eagles went on a furious 22-4 run to tie the score at 74-74. Pargett put the Mustangs ahead to stay with the last of his four 3-pointers and the Mustangs held on by making 10 of 14 free throw attempts during the final two minutes.
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Brad Schmit, a 6-3 senior guard from Jesup, Iowa, has been named to the first-team of the 2006 All-Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) men’s basketball team as selected by the league’s head coaches.
Schmit, a three-time first-team selection, is the leading scorer and rebounder with averages of 17.4 points and 5.6 rebounds per game for the NAIA Division II National Tournament-bound Mustangs. The Mustangs punched their national tournament ticket with a 71-62 victory against Dordt College on Tuesday in the championship game of the GPAC’s post-season tournament.
In addition to Schmit, the Mustangs’ Jack Rother, a 6-3 sophomore guard from Wolbach, Neb., was named to the All-GPAC second-team. The Mustangs’ Paul Larsen, a 6-2 senior guard from Neola, Iowa; and Tom Regan, a 6-6 senior center from Ewing, Neb., were each named to the All-GPAC honorable mention list.
Schmit is the second leading scorer in Morningside history with 1,939 career points. He is only 11 points behind the college’s all-time scoring record of 1,950 career points held by Chris Kuhlmann, who played at Morningside from 1987-91. Schmit is the Mustangs’ all-time leader with 319 career 3-point field goals.
Schmit has a team-high 28 double figure scoring performances this season, including high performances of 34 points in games against St. Ambrose University on Nov. 18 and Northwestern College on Feb. 15. He also had a career-high 11 rebounds in the St. Ambrose game.
He has made a team-high 86 3-point field goals in 222 attempts for 38.7 percent to put him within five 3-pointers of his own Morningside single-season record of 91 3-pointers in a season in 2003-04. Schmit has made 183 of 429 field goal attempts for 42.7 percent and converted 105 of 138 free throw attempts for 76.1 percent. His statistics also include 55 assists and 51 steals.
Rother is averaging 12.8 points and 2.6 rebounds per game and is the team’s second leading scorer. He is an offensive spark off the Mustangs’ bench with 21 double figure scoring performances in 32 games. Rother has made 147 of 305 field goal attempts for 48.2 percent, 42 of 107 3-point field goal attempts for 39.3 percent, and 73 of 95 free throw attempts for 76.8 percent. Rother has 55 assists and 50 steals.
Larsen is the Mustangs’ most accurate 3-point shooter with 43 3-point field goals in 90 attempts for 47.8 percent. Larsen, who is averaging 5.7 points and 2.6 rebounds per game, has made 59 of 122 field goal attempts for 48.4 percent and 21 of 25 free throw attempts for 84.0 percent. He has 31 steals, 26 assists, and six blocked shots.
Regan is the Mustangs’ third leading scorer and second leading rebounder with averages of 11.8 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. He has the Mustangs’ top individual scoring performance of the season with a career-high 39 points in the Mustangs’ 135-133 quadruple overtime win against Dana College on Jan. 21. Regan has made a school-record 158 free throws in 200 attempts for 79.0 percent and 110 of 235 field goal attempts for 46.8 percent. He has 32 steals, 31 assists, and 11 blocked shots.
Regan is the 12th leading scorer in Morningside history with 1,196 career points.
Morningside will take a 26-6 record into next week’s NAIA Division II National Tournament at Point Lookout, Mo.
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Morningside's men's basketball team earned a spot in next week's NAIA Division II National Tournament at Point Lookout, Mo., when the Mustangs staged a furious second half rally to defeat Dordt College 71-62 in the championship game of the GPAC's post-season tournament on Tuesday at Allee Gym.
The Mustangs advance to the national tournament with a 26-6 record and a five-game winning streak. Dordt, 21-9, will await to see if it receives an at-large berth for the national tournament. Morningside tied a school record with its 26th victory, matching a mark first set by the school's NCAA Division II Final Four team of 1982-83.
Things didn't look good for the Mustangs when they went into the intermission trailing 30-17 following an opening 20 minutes where they shot just 21.7 percent from the field.
But coming from behind has been the Mustangs' trademark all season, and it was just last Saturday that they rallied from a nine-point deficit with just under two minutes remaining in regulation time to defeat Northwestern College 99-97 in overtime in the GPAC semifinals.
Morningside outscored Dordt 54-32 in the second half and scored 18 unanswered points during one stretch.
Morningside took its first lead with 11:13 left in the game when a Matt Johnson layup put them in front 36-34. The Mustangs never trailed again and pushed their lead into double figures by the 5:11 mark when a pair of Tom Regan free throws made it 49-39.
Johnson finished with 14 points to match his career scoring high and share team honors with Brad Schmit. Johnson was a perfect eight-for-eight from the free throw line to help the Mustangs finish the contest with 29 free throws in 33 attempts for 87.9 percent.
Schmit raised his career scoring total to 1,939 career points to move within 11 points of Chris Kuhlmann's all-time Morningside scoring record of 1,950 career points.
Thomas Pargett also scored in double figures with 12 points for his fourth consecutive double figure scoring performance off the Mustangs' bench. Pargett drilled four of five field goal attempts to give him 20 field goals in 28 attempts for 71.4 percent over the last five games.
Tim Johnson added eight points and led the Mustangs on the boards with nine rebounds.
Aside from his 14 points, Johnson added a game and career-high five steals.
Morningside's shooting warmed up to 48.3 percent in the second half to finish at 36.5 percent, while Dordt was almost the same at 36.7 percent.
The Defenders won the rebound battle 43-32.
Luke Ruter and Mark Rowenhorst shared Dordt scoring honors with 12 points.
The Defenders other leaders were Scott Van Zanten and Jim Brinks with seven rebounds and Derek Keizer with five assists and four steals.
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Morningside is ranked 14th nationally in the final 2005-06 regular season NAIA Division II men’s basketball poll released on Feb. 22.
Morningside, which was ranked 19th in last week’s poll, vaulted five positions after it went 2-0 last week with an 89-79 victory against Northwestern College and a 68-66 win against the University of Sioux Falls, teams that were ranked 13th and seventh, respectively, last week.
The Mustangs finished the regular season with a 23-6 record and were the runner-up in the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) with a 14-4 league mark. Morningside will host Mount Marty College at 8 p.m. on Thursday in the quarterfinals of the GPAC’s post-season tournament.
Morningside is one of four teams from the GPAC ranked in the NAIA Division II Top 25. Sioux Falls is ranked seventh, Northwestern is 18th, and Dordt College is 24th.
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Tom Regan, a 6-6 senior center from Ewing, Neb., is one of three players named the Hauff Mid-America Sports/GPAC Men's Basketball Player of the Week for the week of January 16-22.
Regan averaged 27.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 3.0 steals per game in a pair of Morningside victories last week. He made 17 of 26 field goal attempts for 65.0 percent and converted 20 of 27 free throw attempts for 74.0 percent.
He scored a career-high 39 points and grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds to lead the Mustangs to a 135-133 quadruple overtime victory against Dana College last Saturday. Earlier in the week he scored a team-high 15 points in a 90-64 win at city rival Briar Cliff University.
Morningside, currently riding a six-game winning streak, will take an 18-4 record and a No. 20 NAIA Division II national ranking into this Wednesday's home game against Dordt College.
Brad Schmit, a 6-3 senior guard from Jesup, Iowa, has been named the Hauff Mid-America Sports/Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Men’s Basketball Player of the Week.
Schmit averaged 25.0 points and 6.7 rebounds per game while leading the Mustangs to a 3-0 record last week. He scored the winning basket with a tip-in at the buzzer when Morningside upset NCAA Division II University of South Dakota 83-82 on Dec. 5 to end the Coyotes’ 85-game home court regular season non-conference winning streak. He had 29 points and eight rebounds in the win against South Dakota.
Schmit scored 19 points in a 78-62 win against Dakota Wesleyan University on Dec. 7 and had 27 points in the Mustangs’ 78-73 overtime win against Concordia University on Dec. 10.
Schmit, who received the GPAC Player of the Week honor for the second time this season, made 27 of 50 field goal attempts for 54.0 percent, eight of 18 3-point field goal attempts for 44.4 percent, and 13 of 14 free throw attempts for 92.9 percent.
Morningside will take a 9-2 record into a 7:30 p.m. game against Wayne State College on Friday at Wayne, Neb.
Brad Schmit, a 6-3 senior guard from Jesup, Iowa, has been named the Hauff Mid-America Sports/Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Men’s Basketball Player of the Week after his performances in last weekend’s River City Classic at Clinton, Iowa.
Schmit averaged 28.0 points and 7.5 rebounds per game and made 12 of 18 3-point field goal attempts for a sizzling 66.7 percent in the Mustangs’ two contests. He scored 34 points, one shy of his career high, and collected a career-high 11 rebounds in an 87-84 overtime setback against 15th-ranked St. Ambrose University, then scored 22 points in a 101-63 triumph against Ashford University.