2016 NCAA Div. III tournament qualifier
PELLA—Guard Miguel Ley (junior, San Antonio, Texas, Judson HS) struck for a career-high 26 points as the Central College men’s basketball team scored a 79-53 Iowa Conference win.
Up 35-23 at halftime, Central (10-7 overall, 3-4 conference) was in control throughout. The Dutch shot 45 percent from the floor to Simpson’s 29.8 percent and outrebounded the Storm 44-36. Forward Mark Holan (junior, Fontanelle, Nodaway Valley HS) and forward Loren Liming (junior, Gilbert, Ames HS) each had 11 points while center Zach Cooper (junior, Johnston) had eight rebounds. Simpson fell to 6-11 overall and 2-6 in the league at the conference season midpoint.
“I thought it was a solid all-around game,” coach Mike Boschee said. “We’re starting to put all the pieces together. It was as close as we’ve played to a complete game this year.
“We defended extremely well. For the most part we’ve done that all year. We just need our offense to turn around and be more consistent.”
Ley hit nine of 13 shots from the floor and was 4-of-7 from 3-point range while passing out three assists.
“When we’ve been successful we’ve had somebody step up and make big plays,” Boschee said. “Miguel hit a couple of big shots in late shot clock situations tonight. We just need to work to be more consistent in key situations.”
Central travels to Cedar Rapids Saturday to face Coe College for the second consecutive week. The Dutch were extended to overtime by Coe last Saturday before prevailing 79-65. Coe recorded its first league win Wednesday, 83-77 at the Univ. of Dubuque. The Kohawks improved to 5-12 overall and 1-7 in the conference.
Saturday’s game is part of a women’s-men’s doubleheader with the men’s game starting at 4 p.m. Both games will be broadcast on KRLS-FM (92.1) and can also be heard via www.central.edu/athletics.