Preseason #4 Morningside was once again impressive. They picked up two more wins, including knocking of NAIA Division I #9 Benedictine 93-63 in the game of the week. The first half was an unbelievable defensive effort from the Mustangs, leading 40-12 after the break. BC took over 4 minutes to make a basket. The second half was more of a shootout with the Mustangs winning the period 53-51. There were contributors all around for Morningside, led by Zach Imig’s 10-13 and 4-5 from 3 effort, scoring 30 points and 10 rebounds. Trey Brown off the bench was dominant in the paint, going 6-8 with 16 points and 11 rebounds. The Mustangs finished the Benedictine Classic with a 75-58 victory over Missouri Valley College. This was the 4th time in 4 games Morningside held the opposition under 65 points. Tyler Borchers bounced back from a low scoring game with a strong effort here. The senior finished with 18 points on 7 for 14 shooting, 8 rebounds, two blocks, a steal, and an assist. Ben Hoskins went 6 for 10 and 4 for 7 from 3 with 16 points and 6 rebounds off the bench. The 4th ranked Mustangs improve to 4-0 on the season with one of the top early season resumes in the NAIA. No rest for the challenged, as Morningside opens conference play with another ranked opponent, hosting #25 Dordt on Saturday.
#7 Dakota Wesleyan had an off week following their sweep the NAIA Sanford Pentagon Classic. The Tigers started the season 2-0 and are back at it for their GPAC opener at #25 Dordt on Wednesday, November 13th and finish the week hosting Midland on Saturday.
#16 Jamestown picked up another solid victory over RV Dickinson State, upending the hosts 91-83. Mason Walters, one of the early season GPAC stars, was on again. Walters went 10-13, and added some range, hitting his first career three, then adding two more in four attempts. He ended up with 25 points and 18 rebounds. UJ jumped out to a 61-41 lead with 8 minutes remaining, before the Blue Hawks cut it to 80-70 with 3:42 left. The Jimmies out rebounded DSU by an impressive 57-27 margin. Jamestown improved to 5-1, and are back in action Wednesday at Valley City State before opening conference play Saturday at Doane.
#25 Dordt had a successfully showing at the Northwestern Pizza Ranch Classic. They started by knocking off Viterbo 73-66. The Defenders fell behind 19-8 early to the V-Hawks. They quickly rallied to tie it at 23-23 late in the first half. Late first half threes from Chad Bleeker gave Dordt a 38-30 halftime lead. Viterbo cut the lead to 63-60 with 3:36 left, but could not pull ahead. Bleeker finished the game shooting 7-13, 5-10 on threes with 19 points and 8 rebounds. Chad Barkema was also solid going 4-6 and 6-7 from the free throw line to finish with 14 points and 9 rebounds. Dordt closed out the classic with a 94-72 victory over Ozark Christian. The Defenders were in control for the vast majority of the game. Marcus Winterfield led Dordt in scoring off the bench. He went 7-10 and 3-6 from three to score 19 points. Garrett Franken had another solid performance, going 8 for 15 with 17 points, 9 rebounds, 2 blocks, and 2 assists. Dordt improves to 4-1 on the season. The GPAC schedule makers did not give Dordt any breaks, as they open the GPAC season Wednesday against #6 Dakota Wesleyan before traveling to Sioux City to challenge #4 Morningside on Saturday.
RV Briar Cliff continued an undefeated push by sweeping the Presentation Classic. The Chargers kicked it off with a 92-80 victory over Dakota State. Briar Cliff had a 13 point half time lead. The 2nd half was a bit of a struggle, as BCU could never really pull away. Jackson Lamb was 9 for 17 and 5-5 from the line with 25 points, 8 rebounds, 3 steals, and 3 assists. Austin Roetman went 7-10 with 14 points while Jaden Kleinhesselink had 11 points and 10 rebounds for the double double. Briar Cliff finished off the PC Classic by dominating the hosts, Presentation, 112-71. Briar Cliff had an early 15-0 run and cruised from there. The leader in this game was Ethan Friedel, going 8-11 and 4-7 from 3 with 24 points, 3 rebounds, and 4 assists. It was another solid effort for Jaden Kleinhesselink going 7-11 with 16 points. Lamb finished with 17 points and 5 rebounds. BCU is 5-0 and next plays at Waldorf on Tuesday before opening conference play at Concordia on Saturday.
Northwestern, like their rival Dordt, swept the Northwestern Pizza Ranch Classic. They opened play with a blowout victory over Ozark Christian, 107-60. The Red Raiders were in control the entire game, having 5 players score in double digits. Trent Hilbrands shot 7-10 2-4 from 3 to finish with 16 points, 4 assits, and 3 rebounds. Keegan Van Egdom matched the 16 points, going 5-9 and 3-7 from 3, also adding 3 rebounds. Craig Sterk was 6-11 with 16 points and 9 rebounds off the bench. The Raiders closed the classic with a thrilling 69-66 victory over Viterbo. Viterbo took a 66-62 lead with 3:23 left on a three from Tyree Young. Northwestern countered with two free throws from Trent Hilbrands and a game winning three point basket by Jay Small with 1:36 left. Viterbo had chances to tie or take the lead late, with some missed free throws, a missed two, and a turnover. Craig Sterk, who also hit some clutch free throws late, finished 7-12, 3-5 from 3, and 6-11 at the line for a game high 23 points and 5 rebounds. Trent Hilbrands was the only other Raider in double digits, going 5-13 with 16 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 assists. Northwestern improved to 4-1, and is back in action Wednesday, hosting Mount Marty for their conference opener.
Hastings is 4-1, and had a bye week before conference play. They have a pair of road games to open conference play, at Doane on Wednesday and at Mount Marty on Saturday.
Concordia(NE) is off to an impressive 4-0 start, headlined by their 66-65 upset over DI #9 Benedictine. They had a bye before opening conference play. They have two home games, Wednesday hosting Midland, Saturday hosting RV Briar Cliff.
Midland evened their record, with a home loss to DI York College, falling 72-65. Midland battled after falling behind 11-0 three minutes into the game. Late in the first half the Warriors went on an 11-2 run to cut the York lead to 3. It was 31-28 at the half. York went up 10 early on in the second half, but Midland tied the game on back to back threes from Bowen Sandquist. York countered with an 8-0 run to put the game away. Midland was led by Ryan Williams who went 8-21 with 19 points and 12 rebounds. The Warriors also lost an exhibition game to NCAA Division I UN Omaha 72-53, in a game that was closely contested, especially early on. The Warriors are 2-2, and travel to open conference play against Concordia(NE) on Tuesday and are at #7 Dakota Wesleyan on Saturday.
Doane rebounded from a rough start with a 2-1 week. They lost their first game to undefeated RV Bethel (KS) 86-79. It was a 44-42 game at the half. Jaxon Harre led the Tigers off the bench, going 6-8 with 16 points and 4 rebounds. Fahad Tarjali was also strong as a reserve making all seven of his shots for 15 points and 9 rebounds. Doane followed with their first win of the season, winning a thriller at Sterling 85-83. The Tigers led 39-34 at halftime, and extended the lead to 54-41 early in the 2nd half. Sterling tied it at 69 all late with a 12-0 run. In a tie game Doane forced a turnover with under a minute left. Joe Burt hit a three with 31 seconds remaining to give Doane the lead. Anthony Laravie was the leading scorer with 18 points on 5 of 11 shooting. Miguel Lopez had a strong game going 4-8 with 11 points, 10 rebounds, and 2 assists for the double double. Chukwudi Onwumere was strong off the bench, going 7-11 with 14 points and 9 rebounds. Doane also knocked off D1 York College on the road with an 87-78 victory. This is the second time they played York, losing the season opener 70-65. Doane was in control for the majority of the game, taking a 22 point lead with 7:45 left in regulation. York had a late 24-9 run to cut the lead to 83-76, before clutch free throw shooting put it away for Dordt. Anthony Laravie led the Tigers, going 8-14 and scoring 20 points. Migule Lopez had a double double with 10 points and rebounds. The Tigers improved to 2-5 and have two GPAC home games, Wednesday against Hastings and Saturday against #16 Jamestown.
Mount Marty continued a strong non-conference start with two more road wins. The Lancers knocked off win-less Valley City State 84-73. The Vikings had a 1 point lead at halftime. Colby Johnson was a marksman, going 9-10 and 6-7 from 3 with 27 points and 4 rebounds. Johan Larson was perfect off the bench making 3 shots, all threes, and two free throws to finish with 11 points. They followed this up with an overtime victory over Mayville State, winning 85-77. It did not seem like they would need overtime, as they took an 8 point lead with 3:57 left on a three from Jordan Johnson. Mayville countered with a 10-2 run, tying it with a three point play by Latrelle Franklin with 46 seconds remaining. Chris King missed at the buzzer. The Lancers were strong in OT, starting with a three from Chris King for a 73-70 lead, and never trailing. The Lancers were 7-8 from the free throw line in OT to secure the victory. Chris King led the Lancers going 9-21, 5-12 from 3 for 25 points. Colby Johnson had a strong game, going 7-12, 3-4 from 3 for 19 points and rebounds. Saba Gvedashvilli had 10 points and 11 rebounds for a double double. Mount Marty’s 6-1 start is their best since the 2004-2005 season. Mount Marty opens conference play traveling to Orange City to play Northwestern on Tuesday before hosting Hastings on Saturday.
TAD’S POWER RANKINGS
Morningside – Among the best in the country.
Dakota Wesleyan – Ty Hoglund is a difference maker, leading the league with 27.5 points per game
Jamestown – Freshman Mason Walters has been solid, leading the league with 10 rebounds per game and 13th in the league in points per game at 15.8ppg.
Briar Cliff – Undefeated start, can compete when making threes
Concordia – Exciting start with close victories, can they maintain it?
Hastings – Bart Hiscock off to a strong start, scoring 26.6 per game (2nd in the GPAC) and 7.8 rebounds for 5th in the league.
Dordt – Solid effort in wins in the Northwestern Pizza Ranch Classic
Northwestern – Survived against Viterbo in a game that was to close for comfort
Mount Marty (+1) – Best start in over a decade, can they carry it over to conference play?