2016 NCAA Div. III tournament qualifier
PASADENA, CALIF.—The Central College men’s basketball team took care of the business end of its weekend in southern California, breezing past the California Institute of Technology 96-45 Friday night.
Dutch center Loren Liming (junior, Ames, Gilbert HS) was dominant inside, with 21 points on 10-of-11 shooting while grabbing five rebounds. Guard Miguel Ley (junior, San Antonio, Texas, Judson HS) had 19 points.
The Dutch (3-0) sprinted to a 44-25 halftime lead, then coasted in the second half as coach Mike Boschee emptied the bench. Central hit 62.5 percent from the field, including 4-of-8 from 3-point range. Central held a 41-22 rebounding advantage. Caltech (0-2) shot just 34 percent from the floor.
“(Caltech) battled back in the first half but in the second half, our size and strength kind of wore on them,” Boschee said. “Loren (Liming) did an especially good job of finishing inside.”
Boschee was happy to see a strong showing after making a lengthy trip.
“Pretty much everybody played well,” he said. “They got the W, that’s what they came here to do.”
The Dutch will take another day to savor 80-degree temperatures before returning to Iowa Sunday. Central travels to Mankato, Minn. Wednesday to take on Bethany Lutheran College. The Vikings are 2-1 after defeating Wis.-Stout in the opening round of a tournament at Wartburg College Friday. Bethany Lutheran also scored a 77-67 win over Gustavus Adolphus College (Minn.) but fell in the season opener to St. Olaf College (Minn.) 94-76.
It’s the fifth straight year that Bethany Lutheran is on the Central schedule. The Dutch are 3-1 in series and triumphed 82-73 when the teams met in Pella last November.