2016 NCAA Div. III tournament qualifier
PELLA—Overcoming some early offensive misfires, the Central College men’s basketball team pulled away to a 76-51 Iowa Conference victory over the Univ. of Dubuque Wednesday.
Forward Loren Liming (senior, Ames, Gilbert HS) notched his fourth double-double with 15 points and 14 rebounds, also recording four blocks and four assists. Guard Miguel Ley (senior, San Antonio, Texas, Judson HS) had a game-high 18 points with six assists while forward Mark Holan (senior, Fontanelle, Nodaway Valley HS) had 17 points on 7-of-11 shooting.
Central (10-3 overall, 3-1 conference) was down 10-6 after the first eight minutes, and was still trailing 19-18 at the five minute mark but a late 10-2 surge helped the Dutch secure a 36-27 lead. The Central advantage was no less than seven points the rest of the way.
“The offense early was a little less than we desired,” coach Mike Boschee said. “We weren’t moving the ball or moving bodies. We picked it up in the last five minutes of the first half. Then in the second half, we played basketball the way we expect to play.
“We talked a lot about playing with energy and enthusiasm, and making it contagious. In the second half we showed a little more desire to get it done.”
Meanwhile the Dutch defense was steady throughout, limiting Dubuque (8-5 overall, 1-3 conference) to 27.9 percent shooting. Central hit 54.7 percent from the floor and outrebounded the Spartans 43-35.
“Anytime we have three guys above 15 points, it gives the team a pretty good chance,” Boschee said. “Mark Holan played well coming back off an injury. It was nice to have that added scoring punch from a third guy.”
Boschee also cited guard Brock Caves (sophomore, Douds, Van Buren HS), who had nine points in 12 minutes of action.
“Brock had a nice spurt,” Boschee said. “He gave us a lift when we needed it. It’s nice to have that off the bench.”
Central is home again Saturday, meeting Coe College in a women’s-men’s doubleheader with the women’s game starting at 2 p.m. and the men’s game at 4 p.m. Both contests will be broadcast on KRLS-FM (92.1) with live stats and a video Webcast accessible via www.central.edu/athletics. Coe is 3-10 overall and 1-3 in the league after upsetting first-place Buena Vista 66-64 Wednesday night.