2016 NCAA Div. III tournament qualifier
PELLA—Central College surged to a 27-point halftime lead and overwhelmed Crown College (Minn.) for a 104-60 men’s basketball win Saturday in Pella.
Guard Nick Marinkovich (junior, Clarendon Hills, Ill., Hinsdale Central HS) notched a career-best and game-high 20 points, scoring 18 in the first half. He finished 9-of-13 from the floor and also had seven rebounds. Guard Demarco Turner (senior, Des Moines, East HS) had 17 points while forwards Chris Lehmann (senior, Champaign, Ill., Central HS) and Jacob Winkler (junior, Lancaster, Mo., Schuyler R-1 HS) each added 12. Lehmann recorded his first career double-double with 12 rebounds and Winkler posted his first double-double of the season with 10 boards. Guard Brock Caves (senior, Douds, Van Buren HS) finished with 11 points and guard Kevin Kaerwer (sophomore, El Paso, Texas, John L. Chapin HS) had a career-high nine assists.
Central (11-1) broke the game open early with an 11-0 run at the 18-minute mark to take a 16-6 advantage. The Dutch pulled away to a 25-point margin, 46-21, with a 13-0 burst with just under nine minutes remaining in the half.
“We had some really good spurts offensively when we shot the ball well, but that’s who we are,” coach Mike Boschee said. “We’re a good-shooting team. I hope that continues throughout the season and I think it will.”
The Dutch shot 59.5 percent from the floor, including 64.9 in the first half, and hit 50 percent from long distance. Central outrebounded Crown 50-31 and limited the Storm (1-9) to 28.4 percent shooting.
“At times we broke down a little bit but our intensity remained good throughout the game,” Boschee said.
Boschee cleared the bench in the second half.
“I was glad to see everyone get a chance to play,” he said. “Those players don’t get much quality time in games. Their time to shine is in practice. But they’re working just as hard as the starters and they are the future of Central College basketball, so it was fun for me to see them play well.”
Central returns to Iowa Conference action Wednesday, hosting Loras College in a women’s-men’s doubleheader at P.H. Kuyper Gymnasium. The women’s game tips off at 6 p.m. and the men’s game starts at 8 p.m. The Duhawks are 4-9 overall with a 1-3 league mark coming off an 84-74 win over Cornell Saturday. Central is 4-0 in conference play.