2016 NCAA Div. III tournament qualifier
PELLA—Westminster College (Mo.) put the clamps on the Central College men’s basketball team and recorded a 75-65 men’s basketball victory Saturday. The Blue Jays limited Central to 37.5 percent shooting and forced 22 Dutch turnovers. Westminster led 40-32 at halftime and Central never pulled closer than five points the rest of the way.
Guards Justin Madsen (junior, Fort Dodge, St. Edmond HS) and Miguel Ley (junior, San Antonio, Texas, Judson HS) each had 11 points while forward Loren Liming (junior, Ames, Gilbert HS) had 10 points and six rebounds. Forward Mark Holan (junior, Fontanelle, Nodaway Valley HS) had nine points and seven rebounds.
“Our decision-making and passing in the first half really hurt us,” coach Mike Boschee said. “We made 15 turnovers in the first half and it’s tough to get back and play defense when they’re coming down two-on-one and three-and-two.
“We didn’t play very well but I still felt like we had a chance to win the ballgame. I thought we defended well on the times we did get back and we made a bit of run at them in the second half. And it was nice that we shot free throws well (12-13). We’re going to need to do that to win in the Iowa Conference.”
Central squeezes in one more contest before starting Christmas break, playing host to Knox College (Ill.) Monday at 7 p.m. at P.H. Kuyper Gymnasium. The Prairie Fire have an 0-8 record. Knox opened the season against three Iowa Conference opponents, slipping against the Univ. of Dubuque (66-52), Cornell College (65-47) and Coe College (74-64).