Mustangs break three school records during men's basketball season
Morningside’s men’s basketball team broke three school records during the 2016-17 season.
All three records came in the Mustangs’ 125-74 victory against Mount Marty on Jan. 18 in Sioux City.
Morningside made 46 field goals against the Lancers to break its former record of 45 field goals in games against South Dakota Wesleyan during the 1951-52 season, Mankato State in 1982-83, Ashford on Dec. 20, 2005 and Nebraska Christian on Nov. 2, 2007.
The Mustangs made 26 3-point field goals in the Mount Marty win to shatter their former record of 18 3-pointers against Iowa State on Nov. 21, 2000 and Ashford on Dec. 20, 2005.
Morningside had 33 assists against Mount Marty to break its former record of 30 assists set against Nebraska Wesleyan on Jan. 31, 2015.
Brody Egger, a 6-2 sophomore guard from Urbandale, Iowa, made 10 3-point field goals in Morningside’s 125-74 romp against Mount Marty to tie the Mustangs’ single-game school record previously set by Brad Schmit against Dana during the 1992-93 season. Egger scored 34 points in the victory against Mount Marty for the Mustangs’ top single-game scoring performance of the season. Egger finished the season as the Mustangs’ second leading scorer with an average of 13.5 points per game and ranked among the team’s best free throw shooters with a team-high 99 free throws in 119 attempts for 83.2 percent.
Bryce Koch, a 6-6 senior center from Dell Rapids, S.D., was the Mustangs’ leading scorer and rebounder with averages of 15.7 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. Koch topped the Mustangs with 29 double figure scoring performances and was the team’s leading rebounder in 17 of their 31 games, including a career-high 17-board haul in an 87-81 overtime victory against Doane on Jan. 4 for the Mustangs’ top single-game rebound total of the season.
Aside from leading the Mustangs in scoring and rebounding, Koch also paced the team with 30 blocked shots and was their co-leader with 32 steals. He made a team-high 195 field goals in 322 attempts for 60.6 percent.
Koch finished his career as the 12th leading scorer in Morningside history with 1252 career points. He averaged 10.1 points and 5.6 rebounds per game and made 501 of 816 field goal attempts for 61.4 percent over his Morningside career to finish just shy of the Morningside record for career field goal accuracy of 61.6 percent held by 2015 graduate Kyle Nikkel.
Ryan Tegtmeier, a 6-0 senior guard from Davenport, Neb., led the Mustangs with 88 assists for an average of 2.9 per game and was the team’s best free throw shooter with 48 free throws in 54 attempts for 88.9 percent. He was the Mustangs’ fourth leading scorer with an average of 11.1 points per game.
Tegtmeier, a four-year starter, averaged 10.7 points per game and scored 1349 career points for the 10th highest point total in Morningside history.
Tyler Borchers, a 6-7 freshman forward from Le Mars, Iowa, led the Mustangs in field goal accuracy with 140 field goals in 227 attempts for 61.7 percent and made a team-high 99 free throws in 138 attempts for 71.7 percent. Borchers topped the Mustangs with 10 double doubles and averaged 12.3 points and 7.7 rebounds per game coming off the bench to rank third on the team in scoring and second in rebounding.
Alex Borchers, a 5-11 freshman guard from South Sioux City, Neb., was the Mustangs’ co-leader with 32 steals for an average of 1.0 per game and averaged 10.0 points per game to give the Mustangs five players with double figure scoring averages. Borchers converted 72 of 90 free throw attempts for 80.0 percent to give the Mustangs three players in the starting lineup with free throw shooting marks of 80.0 percent or higher.
Pierce Almond, a 6-2 sophomore guard from Grand Island, Neb., was the Mustangs’ most prolific 3-point shooter with a team-high 67 3-point field goals en route to a scoring average of 9.3 points per game
Brody Van Ginkel, a 6-0 junior guard from Dakota Dunes, S.D., led the Mustangs in 3-point shooting accuracy with 40 3-point field goals in 97 attempts for 41.2 percent.
Morningside posted a 21-10 record during the 2016-17 season for its seventh 20-win season in the last 13 years. The Mustangs finished fifth in the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) standings with a 10-8 league mark.