Tyler Borchers, a 6-7 sophomore forward from Le Mars, Iowa, is a third-team selection on the 2018 NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball All-America Team.
He is the first sophomore men’s basketball player in Morningside history ever named an elite-team NAIA All-American.
In addition to Borchers, the Mustangs’ Brody Egger, a 6-2 junior guard from Urbandale, Iowa, and Alex Borchers, a 5-10 sophomore guard from South Sioux City, Neb., are NAIA Division II honorable mention All-Americans to give the Mustangs three NAIA All-Americans in the same season for the first time in school history.
Their exploits helped lead the Mustangs to a 28-7 record and the quarterfinals of the NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball National Championship, where they lost 86-68 against eventual NAIA II National Champion Indiana Wesleyan University. Morningside won the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) championship with a 14-4 league record and captured the GPAC Post-Season Tournament championship with an 80-76 victory against Northwestern College to win both GPAC titles in the same season for the first time in school history.
Tyler Borchers led the Mustangs in rebounding with an average of 7.8 caroms per game and was their second leading scorer with an average of 15.0 points per game. He posted the Mustangs’ top single-game scoring and rebounding totals of the season with a career-high 32 points in a 98-87 victory against Mount Marty College and a career-high 16 rebounds against Northwestern in the GPAC Post-Season Tournament Championship Game. Borchers topped the Mustangs with 11 double doubles, including a pair of double doubles at the NAIA II Men’s Basketball National Championship with 12 points and a game-high 11 rebounds in an 87-69 first round victory against Trinity Christian University and 20 points and a game-high 15 rebounds in an 84-73 second round triumph against Warner Pacific University.
Aside from his scoring and rebounding exploits, Borchers led the Mustangs with 40 blocked shots for an average of 1.2 rejections per contest and ranked third on the team with 30 steals and fourth with 52 assists. Borchers drilled 202 of 296 field goal attempts for 68.2 percent to rank fifth nationally in the NAIA II and break the former Morningside single season record of 67.4 percent by Kyle Nikkel in 2014-15. Borchers converted 105 of a team-high 162 free throw attempts for 64.8 percent.
Egger was the Mustangs’ leading scorer and fourth leading rebounder with averages of 15.9 points and 3.5 rebounds per game. He ranked third on the team with 78 assists and fourth with 26 steals. Egger topped the Mustangs with 29 double figure scoring performances and had two of his top scoring efforts of the season in the NAIA II Men’s Basketball National Championship with a game-high 25 points against Warner Pacific in the second round and a game and season’s high 30 points against Indiana Wesleyan in the quarterfinals.
Egger was the Mustangs’ most prolific and accurate 3-point shooter with a team-high 80 3-point field goals in 175 attempts for 45.7 percent. He made 165 of 338 overall field goal attempts for 48.8 percent and was the Mustangs’ best free throw shooter with a team-high 129 free throws in 145 attempts for 89.0 percent.
Egger will enter his senior season as the 12th leading scorer in Morningside history with 1271 career points.
Alex Borchers was the Mustangs’ third leading scorer with an average of 12.5 points per game to compliment a norm of 2.6 rebounds per contest. Borchers dealt a team-high 124 assists and led the Mustangs with 45 steals for averages of 3.6 assists and 1.3 steals per contest. He dished a career-high nine assists in an 80-76 victory against the University of Saint Mary in the season opener for the Mustangs’ highest assist total since the 2012-13 season.
Borchers made 159 of 292 field goal attempts for 54.5 percent, 38 of 90 3-point field goal attempts for 42.2 percent and 68 of 85 free throw attempts for 80.0 percent.
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