2016 NCAA Div. III tournament qualifier
PELLA—Center Loren Liming (senior, Ames, Gilbert HS) needed just 23 minutes of action to rack up his second straight double-double as the Central College men’s basketball team swamped Bethany Lutheran (Minn.), 87-58 Wednesday.
Liming scored 22 points to go with a career-high 15 rebounds, five blocks two steals and two assists. He was 11-of-18 from the floor.
Forward Jack Bruns (sophomore, Story City, Roland-Story HS) came off the bench to score 13 points with seven rebounds while guard Miguel Ley (senior, San Antonio, Texas, Judson HS) added 12 points, four assists and four steals.
Central (1-1) dominated on the glass, 59-33, and had eight blocks.
“We did have a size advantage,” coach Mike Boschee said. “We tried to stress to get it inside to our bigs or with penetration. Loren did a nice job tonight and I thought Jack (Bruns) looked a little more aggressive.”
However, the helter-skelter pace led to some careless play as the teams combined for 64 turnovers, including 34 by the Dutch.
“That’s a concern,” Boschee said. “We’re trying to play a little faster and that’s part of the reason, but we need to clean things up offensively. It’s still early in the season but we have to limit our turnovers.”
But Boschee saw improved effort from his squad.
“I liked our intensity,” he said. “It’s not always easy playing a game like this. But it’s important when we play that we respect our opponent and prove we’re better by our play on the court. I thought we did a good job of having that mindset.”
Central travels to Monmouth College (Ill.) Saturday for a 4 p.m. game. The Dutch were 78-62 winners over Monmouth last year and have won the last two games in the teams’ series. The Scots are 0-1 after suffering a 90-57 season-opening loss at Minnesota State-Mankato.