Sixth-ranked Morningside advanced to the GPAC Men’s Basketball Tournament Semifinals with a 20-point win against Dordt.
Sixth-ranked Morningside advanced to the GPAC Men’s Basketball Post-Season Tournament Semifinals with an 83-63 victory against Dordt in Wednesday’s quarterfinal round game in Sioux City.
The Mustangs remained undefeated at home with a 12-0 record in the Rosen Verdoorn Sports Center and raised their overall record to 24-6. Morningside, which has already secured a NAIA Division II National Tournament berth as this season’s outright GPAC regular season champion, will host 18th ranked Dakota Wesleyan at 3 p.m. in this Saturday’s GPAC Semifinals.
Morningside shot 55.9 percent and had five players score in double figures in its quarterfinal victory against the Defenders. The Mustangs, one of the top shooting teams in the nation with a season’s accuracy mark of 51.9 percent, have shot over 50 percent in 13 of their last 15 contests.
The Mustangs’ Tyler Borchers had three slam dunks on his way to a game-high 18 points. Borchers also collected a game-high 12 rebounds and dealt a game and career-high five assists while posting his eighth double double of the season.
Mustang starters Matthew Hahn and Zach Imig also scored in double figures with 14 and 13 points, respectively, while reserves Trey Brown and Andrew Semadeni each added 11 points.
Hahn stung the Defenders from long range with a four-for-six shooting performance from the 3-point arc. Brown, who also grabbed seven rebounds, posted his team-high 12th double figure scoring performance off the bench this season. Semadeni achieved a career scoring high with his 11 points, which came just one game after his previous high of 10 points against the same Defenders the previous Wednesday in Sioux Center, Iowa.
Brody Egger just missed double figures with eight points to go along with four assists.
Aside from his 13 points, Imig grabbed six rebounds and led all performers with three steals.
Morningside, which defeated Dordt by scores of 90-77 and 93-72 during the regular season, took a 50-40 lead into the intermission.
Dordt went on a 15-4 scoring run to start the second half and took a 55-54 lead on a 3-pointer by Chad Barkema with 15:28 left in the game. Morningside answered with a 28-4 scoring run to put the Defenders away. Tyler Borchers capped the run when he made a free throw with 3:04 left to give the Mustangs a 24-point cushion for their largest lead of the game at 83-59 with 3:04 left.