2016 NCAA Div. III tournament qualifier
PELLA—Guard Miguel Ley (junior, San Antonio, Texas, Judson HS) had 22 points and six rebounds as the Central College men’s basketball team improved to 2-0 in Iowa Conference play with a70-53 victory over the Univ. of Dubuque Saturday.
A 13-0 run late in the game sealed it for the Dutch. Dubuque (5-2 overall, 1-1 conference) had climbed to within 55-48 with 6:02 left but a pair of Ley 3-pointers helped make it 68-48 less than 4 minutes later. Central (5-1 overall, 2-0 conference) was up 35-27 at intermission.
Ley was 9-of-16 from the floor and 3-of-4 from 3-point range.
“Miguel has struggled offensively the last couple of games but he’s a good enough player that even when his shot is off, he helps us in other ways,” coach Mike Boschee said. “It was nice he had better offensive production today but I’m really pleased how much he’s improved his defensive play. He was definitely a factor in setting the tone for us defensively.”
Central limited Dubuque to 32.1-percent shooting from the field while hitting 48.2 percent. The Spartans were 4-of-17 from 3-point range. Central held a 42-31 rebounding advantage as center Loren Liming (junior,Ames, Gilbert HS) had seven boards while Ley, center Zach Cooper (junior, Johnston) and forward James Chapline (sophomore, Ogden) each had six.
“The Iowa Conference is always physical,” Boschee said. “It’s nice to have some bigger bodies this year. I think our mindset is a little tougher. Hopefully we can continue to play with that aggressiveness.”
Central is starting a seven-game homestand and is back in action Tuesday, meeting Monmouth College (Ill.) in a 7:30 p.m. contest at P.H. Kuyper Gymnasium. The Dutch split a pair of games with the Scots over the past two seasons, winning at Monmouth last year 85-61. The Scots took a 3-4 record into a Saturday game at St. Norbert College (Wis.). A video Webcasts and live stats will be available on the Central athletics Web site at www.central.edu/athletics.