Morningside’s men’s basketball team avenged a pair of regular season defeats against Midland with a 100-90 upset victory in the GPAC Tournament Quarterfinals.
Morningside’s men’s basketball team avenged a pair of regular season defeats with a 100-90 upset victory against 17th-ranked Midland in Wednesday’s GPAC Tournament Quarterfinal in Fremont, Neb.
The Mustangs, who lost 85-75 at Midland just last Saturday, improved their record to 21-9 and advanced to this Saturday’s GPAC Semifinals, where they will hope to use the same formula in a 3 p.m. game at 12th-ranked Briar Cliff, which also defeated Morningside twice during the regular season.
Morningside had only seven turnovers and shot a sizzling 66.1 percent to take down the Warriors. The Mustangs drilled 12 of 19 3-point field goal attempts for 63.2 percent. Midland’s shooters were also red hot and finished with a 61.4 percent effort from the floor, including a 14-for-24 performance for 58.3 percent from the 3-point arc.
Ryan Tegtmeier scored a game-high 21 points for the Mustangs behind an eight-for-10 shooting performance from the field. Pierce Almond and Alex Borchers were right behind with 19 points each, followed by Tyler Borchers with 16 and Bryce Koch with 14.
Almond drilled four of seven 3-point field goal attempts. Alex Borchers was a perfect three-for-three from the 3-point arc and eight-for11 overall, while Tyler Borchers made good on eight of nine floor shots.
Diamontae McKinley, this week’s GPAC Player of the Week, scored 21 points for Midland to match Tegtmeier for game scoring honors. Midland also received double figure scoring from Alex Starkel with 18 points, Chase Parsons with 15, Damon Overton with 13, Ryan Williams with 11 and Clayton Shepard with 10.
Koch grabbed six rebounds to lead the Mustangs to a 25-20 rebounding advantage.
The Mustangs finished with 24 assists. Brody Egger led the winners with six assists, followed by Tyler Borchers with a season’s high five assists and Tegtmeier and Alex Borchers, each with four.
Morningside took the lead for good late in the first half when it went on a 13-7 scoring run over the final 4:33 to turn a 40-39 deficit into a 52-47 lead at the intermission.
Morningside pushed its lead to a game-high 13 points with 51 seconds left in the game when a layup by Tyler Borchers put the guests up 100-87.