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No. 7 Midland University picks up record-breaking win in blowout fashion

No. 7 Midland University picks up record-breaking win in blowout fashion

Feb 6th , 2014

No. 7 Midland University picked up a non-conference win on Wednesday night, coasting past Grace University 95-56. With the victory, the Warriors set a new single-season record for wins at 22, surpassing the mark of 21 set by last year's team. "I really liked our focus throughout the game, regardless of where the score was. It showed growth and maturity on our part," said head basketball coach Todd Eisner. "We did a nice job sharing the ball and making the right reads all night. Now we have to prepare to close out our conference schedule beginning this weekend at Morningside. Brandon Williams opened the game by scoring Midland's first four points, including a layup off a Ben Imig assist at the 18:53 mark. Alex Starkel took his turn down low with four straight points of his own to give the Warriors a 10-4 advantage with 16:32 left in the first half. With 10 minutes to play in the half, Trevor Bryant's layup gave Midland an 11-point lead, 26-15. At the 4:58 mark, Avery Langford's driving layup was good and put the Warriors up 39-23. A six-point run by Midland before the half sent the Warriors into the locker room leading 50-27.

For each Royals bucket in the first half, Midland had multiple responses. The Warriors shot 61 percent in the half and went 16-20 from the free throw line after Grace found itself in early foul trouble.

The second half was more of the same for the hot shooting Warriors. At the 13:59 mark Galen Gullie cracked the score sheet with a three-pointer off an assist from Imig which extended Midland's lead to 64-40. With eight minutes left to play, DJ Vaughn connected from beyond the arch to give the Warriors a 33-point advantage. Trace Murray nailed a short jumper with 5:43 left in the game and proceeded to score six consecutive points for Midland. Again it was Murray who registered the final three points of the game for the Warriors as they walked away with the 95-56 victory.

Five Midland players scored in double digits on the night as the Warriors shot 65 percent on the night. They went 3-9 from three-point land and 26-34 in the game from the charity stripe. Midland dominated the paint, outscoring the Royals 42-12 in the lane. The Warriors had a great contribution from their bench with 37 points on the night. Midland also made the most off of Grace's miscues, scoring 22 points off 14 turnovers.

Bryant and Murray scored season highs with 12 and 10 points, respectively. Imig recorded a game-high 19 points while adding six assists and five steals. The Warriors' starting frontcourt of Starkel (15) and Williams (13) combined for 28 points in the win. Gullie added five points and matched a career high with six assists.

The win improves Midland to 22-3 on the season with Grace falling to 14-12.

The Warriors will resume GPAC action on Saturday, February 8 at (RV) Morningside College. Tipoff is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. in Sioux City, Iowa.