Morningside upset 13th-ranked Dordt with an 85-83 overtime victory. Photo / Gene Kundsen
Brody Van Ginkel
Morningside’s men’s basketball team upset 13th-ranked Dordt 85-83 in overtime on Tuesday in Sioux City to climb back to the .500 mark eight games into a rebuilding season.
The Mustangs, who graduated seven seniors from last year’s GPAC Championship and NAIA Division II National Tournament team, have won three of their last four games since they opened the campaign at 1-3. Morningside leveled its overall record at 4-4 and climbed to 2-1 in the GPAC.
Bryce Koch broke an 83-83 tie when he made a basket from close range with 12 seconds left and the Mustangs held on when Dordt missed a potential game tying layup at the buzzer.
Morningside trailed by four points, 81-77, with two minutes left in the overtime before the hosts ended the game with an 8-2 scoring run.
Brody Van Ginkel led the Mustangs with 22 points for his third 20-point plus scoring performance in the last four games. Van Ginkel made 10 of 17 floor shots.
Freshman Brody Egger was next for the winners with a season’s high 19 points and a game-high six assists off the bench. Egger went three-for-three from the 3-point arc and was a perfect eight-for-eight from the foul line.
Ryan Tegtmeier joined Van Ginkel and Egger in double figures with 11 points, while Koch just missed with nine tallies to go along with a team-high nine rebounds.
Adebayo Babalola gave the Mustangs a solid effort off the bench with eight points and eight rebounds to go along with a game-high four steals.
Dordt’s Nathan Rindels, a NAIA Division II honorable mention All-American last season, had a double-double of 23 points and 13 rebounds to lead all performers in both categories. His 13 rebounds paced the Defenders to a 53-40 advantage on the boards.
Dordt shot just 37.2 percent from the field with 29 field goals in 78 attempts, including a dismal two-for-16 showing from the 3-point arc.
The Mustangs will travel to Mayville, N.D., on Saturday for a 3 p.m. game against Mayville State.