Mustang guards Tanner Miller, Steve O’Neill, and Ryan Tegtmeier all scored over 20 points to lead the Mustangs to victory in the GPAC Quarterfinals.
Morningside’s scoring punch in the backcourt led the Mustangs to a 95-87 victory against Hastings in Wednesday’s GPAC Quarterfinals to set up a home court matchup with city rival Briar Cliff in this Saturday’s semifinals.
The fifth-ranked Mustangs will take a 13-game winning streak and a 26-3 record into Saturday’s 4 p.m. contest.
All three of the Mustangs’ starting guards scored over 20 points in the win against Hastings. Tanner Miller led the way with a career-high 23 points, followed by Steve O’Neill with 22 and Ryan Tegtmeier with 21.
Starting center Kyle Nikkel joined them in double figures with 13 points and backup center Bryce Koch just missed twin figures with nine points.
Miller made eight of 12 field goal attempts, including three of five shots from the 3-point arc, to erase his former scoring best of 22 points against Mount Marty last season. Aside from his career scoring high, Miller also dealt a game-high eight assists to match his career best. Miller also had eight assists against Nebraska Wesleyan earlier this season.
O’Neill’s 22 points gave him three straight outings with 20 points or more. He added five assists to his scoring total.
Tegtmeier did much of his scoring from long range. He made seven of 11 floor shots, including a five-for-eight performance from the 3-point arc.
Nikkel and Koch combined to make eight of 11 field goal attempts and each grabbed six rebounds to share Mustang honors. Koch was also a force on defense with four blocked shots.
Tobin Reinwald poured in a game-high 25 points to lead a contingent of four Hastings players in double figures.
The Broncos’ Zach Lenagh grabbed a game-high nine rebounds to lead the guests to a 37-32 advantage on the boards.
Morningside shot 53.2 percent for the game and was especially impressive from the 3-point arc, where it drilled 12 of 22 attempts for 54.5 percent. The Mustangs, one of the best free throw shooting teams in the nation, converted 17 of 19 shots from the foul line.