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No. 8 Midland Men's Basketball blows past Doane with 89-65 victory

No. 8 Midland Men's Basketball blows past Doane with 89-65 victory

Nov 27th , 2013

No. 8 Midland University was red hot from the field in the first half and used an early lead to coast to an 89-65 win over Doane College Tuesday night. The Warriors have now won three games in a row, all against GPAC opponents.

"Overall, we had a tremendous effort tonight. Doane has some scorers who we were able to limit," said Todd Eisner, Midland University men's basketball head coach. "Everyday we are working to get better and this was a learning experience for us on how to play with a lead. We got better as the second half went on. Having Ben (Imig) back was huge too, he's a tough kid." Imig, who missed Midland's last game with an ankle injury, returned to the starting lineup and led the Warriors with 24 points and eight assists. He went 6-8 from the field in the first half and sparked the Midland offense which shot 74 percent in the half as a team.

A three-point jumper by Galen Gullie at 16:56 in the half gave Midland a 9-8 advantage and the Warriors were off to the races from there as they would lead for the rest of the game. Marcus Franklin accounted for eight early points and gave Midland a 20-8 lead with 13:13 remaining. The Warriors built the lead to 28-points after Alex Starkel converted a layup followed by a free throw with 3:42 left in the half. Midland went into halftime with a 56-31 lead.

After trading buckets to begin the second half, Doane responded by scoring the next six points of the game as they began to cut into the Warriors lead. Nick Reed led the Tigers on the night with 27 points. Reed's jump shot with 6:40 left in the half made the score 71-56 and gave Doane its smallest deficit since early in the first half. Midland countered with a 9-0 run capped by a pair of free throws by Imig to put the game out of reach for good as they went on to the 89-65 victory. Gullie and Starkel each scored 15 points on the night as Gullie went 3-4 from beyond the arch and Starkel was 6-7 from the field. Franklin added 12 points for the Warriors who shot 63 percent in the game.

Midland improves to 6-1 overall and 3-1 in the GPAC, while Doane falls to 4-5 and 0-4 in conference play.

Up next for the Warriors are a pair of games over the holiday weekend as they host the 7th Annual Draemel Classic at the Event Center. Midland will play Mount Mercy University on Friday, November 29 at 7:30 p.m. then square off against No. 18 Dakota State University at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday.