Ryan Tegtmeier became the 28th 1000-point scorer in Morningside men’s basketball history during Saturday’s game against Midland. Photo / Gene Knudsen

Ryan Tegtmeier

Ryan Tegtmeier became the 28th men’s basketball player in Morningside history to score 1000 career points during Saturday’s 62-56 home court loss against Midland University.

Tegtmeier was the Mustangs’ leading scorer in the contest with 16 points to raise his career total to 1015 points to make him the 26th leading scorer in Morningside history. He has averaged 10.6 points per game during his 96-game Morningside career.

Aside from his team-high 16 points in Saturday’s season finale against Midland, Tegtmeier also posted game-high totals of five assists and three steals and had one of his top rebounding efforts of the season with eight caroms.

Tegtmeier, the Mustangs’ only returning starter from last year’s Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Championship team, finished the season as the Mustangs’ leading scorer and second leading rebounder with career-high averages of 14.8 points and 4.3 rebounds per game. He also topped the team with 108 assists and 54 steals for norms of 3.7 assists and 1.9 steals per contest.

Adebayo Babalola

Adebayo Babalola also put up solid numbers in Saturday’s game against Midland with nine points and a team-high nine rebounds and Wyatt Mounts had one of his top scoring efforts with eight points off the bench.

Midland All-American Alex Starkel went for a double-double with game-high totals of 22 points and 16 rebounds and Tyler Ripperger also had a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds.

Morningside, which scored a season’s low 49 points in a 78-49 loss at Midland earlier this season, shot 38.1 percent from the field and was outrebounded by a 44-34 margin in Saturday’s rematch. Despite the cold shooting and rebound differential, the Mustangs were never out of the game. Morningside led 25-21 with less than two minutes left in the first half before a late Midland surge put the guests up 28-25 at the intermission. The Mustangs trailed by only three points, 59-56, with 1:47 left in the game but were held scoreless the rest of the way.

Morningside finished the season with a record of 11-18, including a 7-13 mark in the GPAC.

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