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Mustangs Shoot Well, But Can’t Stop Red Hot Chargers

(2.16.17) By Blake Meacham – The Morningside men’s basketball team shot a hot 47% from the field Wednesday night against the No. 18 Briar Cliff Chargers, but couldn’t stop the barrage of three-point field goals that sealed their fate in a 95-88 loss. The Chargers, who shot 54% from the field, including 49% from behind the arc, moved their win streak to nine. This is Morningside’s first conference loss since Dakota Wesleyan handed them a 101-72 setback on January 26th.

Tyler Borchers

Tyler Borchers

With two minutes left in the game, the score was tied up at 85. A three-pointer from Briar Cliff’s Erich Erdman gave the Chargers the lead, which they didn’t give up for the rest of the game.

Tyler Borchers led the Mustangs in points in rebounds, recording a double-double with 22 points and 13 rebounds. Borchers had a perfect shooting night, going nine-for-nine from the field and four-for-four from the charity stripe. Ryan Tegtmeier recorded 13 points, while Alex Borchers and Bryce Koch both tallied 11.

The Mustangs, who are currently fifth in the GPAC standings, wrap up their regular season against Midland, who’s currently in second place. The Mustangs are already starting to prepare for the conference tournament.

“If we come with the effort we had against Briar Cliff, I believe good things will happen. I’ve seen some crazy things happen in the conference tournament so you never know,” said Tegtmeier.

Ryan Tegtmeier

Ryan Tegtmeier

“I would say the biggest key at this stage is to keep prepring hard and to stay sharp mentally, especially on defense,” said sophomore guard Brody Egger.

The Mustangs will play Midland in Fremont, Nebraska, at 4 pm on Saturday, February 18th.