Bryce Koch reached the 1000-point milestone when the Mustang men’s basketball team defeated Inter American University of Puerto Rico-San German 65-53.

Brody Egger

Bryce Koch

Bryce Koch became the 29th men’s basketball player in Morningside College history to score 1000 career points when he scored 10 points in the Mustangs’ 65-53 victory against Inter American University of Puerto Rico-San German in Monday’s action at the Porta Del Sol Shootout in Rincon, Puerto Rico.

Koch has scored 1009 points in his 108-game Morningside career for a career scoring average of 9.3 points per game.

Morningside overcame a chilly 30.9 percent shooting performance and an early seven-point deficit to defeat Inter American and improve its record to 11-4. The Mustangs pressured their opponent into a 32.4 percent shooting performance and dominated the boards with a 53-36 rebounding advantage.

Inter American took a 9-2 lead four minutes into the contest before the Mustangs went on a 10-3 scoring run to tie the game at 12-12 on a dunk by Tyler Borchers with 12:04 left in the first half. The Mustangs took the lead for good on an Alex Borchers layup to take an 18-17 advantage with 7:17 left in the half.

Tyler  Borchers

Morningside led 31-23 at the intermission and eventually led by 13 points, 63-50, with 3:49 left in the game after a 3-pointer by Brody Egger.

Egger finished with a game-high 18 points and was joined in double figures by Tyler Borchers with 11 points and Koch with his 10 tallies. Alex Borchers just missed double figures with eight points.

Tyler Borchers led the Mustangs to their board dominance with a game-high 14 rebounds while posting his fourth double-double of the season. Egger was next with seven rebounds, while Koch, Ryan Tegtmeier, and Brody Van Ginkel each had five caroms.

Morningside will face the University of Jamestown on Dec. 29 and Ottawa University on Dec. 30 when it hosts the Mustang Holiday Classic.

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