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Midland Men's Basketball Advancing in Post-Season GPAC Play

Midland Men's Basketball Advancing in Post-Season GPAC Play

Feb 24th , 2012

Midland University will advance to the semifinal round of the GPAC Postseason Tournament after beating Morningside College, 58-57, in a Wednesday night thriller. The Mustangs tried to steal the game late, but the Warrior defense stepped up in the game's fleeting seconds to seal the quarterfinal victory.

"Our fans and community were great tonight and helped to put us in a position to win," said Todd Eisner, Midland University men's basketball head coach. "We made some big shots late, and we were fortunate enough to do just enough to win. That is what we need to do on Saturday."

Ben Imig led the Warriors with 13 points and three assists. Donald Jones scored 10 points with four rebounds. Alex Knobbe and Luke Borst led Midland off the glass with six rebounds apiece.

After falling behind 5-6 early, Midland University went on a 10-1 tear with back-to-back threes by Ben Imig and Jalen Hueser putting the Warriors ahead, 17-7, at 11:34. Morningside cut Midland's lead to five, but the Warriors answered with a 7-2 run capped by a Zach Rosenboom jumper putting Midland up, 24-14, at 5:26.  The Warriors expanded their lead with just under two minutes to play in the half as a pair of Galen Gullie free throws put Midland ahead 30-17. The Mustangs put up a late first half fight, but the Warriors held on to take a 32-24 lead into the half. Midland University landed 32 percent of their first half shots. They hit four of 10 for 40 percent from beyond the arc and were a perfect eight of eight from the line.

The Warriors rode a solid lead through most of the second half as an Alex Knobbe jumper put Midland's lead at 52-42 with 7:21 to play. However, Morningside hit back in the bottom quarter of the period, cutting Midland's lead to 52-51 with 3:42 remaining. Midland's Luke Borst answered on the following possession, making a bucket and a bonus to put the Warriors ahead, 55-51.  Morningside cut the Midland lead to one at 1:41, but Borst responded again, drawing a foul and knocking down a pair of clutch free throws to give Midland a 58-55 lead with 18 seconds remaining. Morningside hit a bucket but missed a free throw opportunity to cut the Warrior lead to one on their next possession. The Mustangs had a chance at the game-winning score in the contest's final seconds, but the Warrior defense was able to force an off-balance shot and earn the victory. The Warriors hit 37 percent in the second half. They hit two of eight from beyond the arc and six of 10 from the line.

On the game, they landed 34 percent from the field, 33 percent from beyond the arc and 78 percent from the line.

Midland University is 19-11 on the season. With the quarterfinal win, the Warriors advance to the semifinals versus Dordt College on Saturday, Feb. 25. The contest will take place in Sioux Center, Iowa, at 3 p.m.