2016 NCAA Div. III tournament qualifier
PELLA—Forward Loren Liming (senior, Ames, Gilbert HS) poured in 25 points as the Central College men’s basketball team outshot Luther College 75-61 Saturday.
Liming hit 12-of-17 from the field and had seven rebounds as the Dutch retained their share of the Iowa Conference lead with a 6-1 mark. They’re 13-3 overall. Luther is 7-7 overall and 1-5 in the league.
“Loren has done a nice job throughout his career of improving,”coach Mike Boschee said. “He understands the game better and his post moves have gotten better. It’s important for our players to improve game by game and year by year for us to continue to be successful.”
Central closed the first half with a 9-2 run for a 36-27 advantage at intermission. Luther whittled the lead to 38-35 with 16:20 remaining but the Dutch answered with a 10-0 run and were up by as many as 20 points late in the game.
Guard Miguel Ley (senior, San Antonio, Texas, Judson HS) endured a tough shooting night but still managed 15 points with seven assists. Guard Justin Madsen (senior, Fort Dodge, St. Edmond HS) hit four 3-pointers and had 14 points while forward Mark Holan (senior, Fontanelle, Nodaway Valley HS) had four steals and five assists. Forward Jack Bruns (sophomore, Story City, Roland-Story HS) had seven rebounds.
“Defensively we were really solid again,” Boschee said. “We’re still making a few mental errors but overall our effort was good. We got in passing lanes and made big plays when we needed to.”
The Dutch shot 55.2 percent in the second half and 51.8 percent for the game while Luther shot 42.9 percent. Central held a 37-33 rebounding advantage.
“Luther has always been a really scrappy, physical team,” Boschee said. “But I was pleased with our second-half intensity. We battled and we fought hard for rebounds. You really need to do that against a team as aggressive as Luther is.”
Central treks to Dubuque to take on Loras College Wednesday in a women’s-men’s twinbill. The women’s game is set to start at 6 p.m. with the men’s game at 8 p.m. Loras is 8-7 overall and 3-3 in the league after getting edged 64-63 by Cornell Saturday. The Duhawks must first travel to Coe College for a league game Monday.