2014 NCAA Div. III tournament qualifier
NEW ULM, MINN.—Forward Mark Holan (senior, Fontanelle, Nodaway Valley HS) had a career-high 20 points as the Central College men’s basketball team shook off any road weariness in an 80-67 victory over Martin Luther (Minn.) Friday.
The Dutch (7-2), who returned late last night after a 77-68 loss at Buena Vista, had to make the long trek to Minnesota Friday afternoon. But Central shot 54.3 percent in taking a 47-32 halftime lead. Central hit 47.5 percent for the night. Martin Luther (1-5) was limited to 34.9-percent shooting.
“We played with good energy,” coach Mike Boschee said. “We stepped up and competed.”
Holan also had seven rebounds and was among four Dutch players in double figures.
“Mark was much more offensive-minded,” Boschee said. “He was attacking the rim and played more aggressively.”
Guard Miguel Ley (senior, San Antonio, Texas, Judson HS) had 17 points, a game-high eight rebounds and five assists. Forward Jack Bruns (sophomore, Story City, Roland-Story HS) had 12 points and seven boards in his first collegiate start, taking the spot of center Loren Liming (senior, Ames, Gilbert HS), who was injured at Buena Vista and sat out the game. As a result, forward Chris Lehmann (sophomore, Champaign, Ill.) also saw extended minutes, scoring eight points with seven rebounds.
“I thought Jack did a nice job,” Boschee said. “And I thought Chris was more aggressive. He just looked more confident.”
The Dutch didn’t show any effects of the back-to-back road trips.
Central competes Saturday for the third straight night, traveling to St. Bonifacius, Minn. for a 5 p.m. non-conference tilt with Crown College (Minn.). Central trounced Crown at Pella last year, 78-39. The Storm played host to Simpson College Friday night, entering the game at 2-7.