2016 NCAA Div. III tournament qualifier
MOUNT VERNON—A breakaway layup following a steal made junior guard Miguel Ley (San Antonio, Texas, Judson HS) the 25th member of the Central College men’s basketball 1,000-point club but the Dutch struggled offensively, falling 73-56 to Cornell College Wednesday.
Ley made 5-of-12 field goals and was 5-of-6 from the free throw line, racking up 16 points to lead Central and bring his career total 1,003. He also dished out three assists, grabbed four boards and swiped four steals.
Guard Justin Madsen (junior, Fort Dodge, Saint Edmond HS) was the only other Dutch player to reach double-digits with 10 points and hit 2-of-4 3-pointers. Center Loren Liming (junior, Ames, Gilbert HS) and forward Greg Levenhagen (senior, Cresco, Crestwood HS) each scored seven.
But Central (12-12 overall, 6-9 Iowa Conference) fell into a 14-point halftime deficit it could not get out of. Cornell (19-6 overall, 12-4 Iowa Conference) took 13 more shots in the first half, hitting 16-of-33 (48.5 percent) to Central’s 9-of-20 (45.0 percent). The Dutch had more opportunities in the second half but struggled, hitting only 11-of-39 (28.2 percent) while Cornell stayed hot and made 15-of-30 (50.0 percent).
Despite the loss, a 79-65 Dubuque victory over Luther gave Central the No. 6-seed in the upcoming Iowa Conference tournament.
Before focusing their sights on the tournament the Dutch still have some business to take care of. Central will close its regular season hosting Wartburg College Saturday in a women’s-men’s doubleheader. The men’s game is scheduled for 4 p.m. Wartburg fell to 13-11 overall and 8-7 in the conference with a loss to Coe Wednesday night. Wartburg topped Central 65-59 in Waverly Jan. 7.
Saturday is Alumni Day at P.H. Kuyper Gymnasium, and both Central squads will be honoring their senior players as well. The games will be broadcast on KRLS-FM (92.1), with a video Webcast and live stats available via the Central athletics Web site at www.central.edu/athletics.