2016 NCAA Div. III tournament qualifier
PELLA—Central College raced to a 38-point halftime lead and shot 57.1 percent from the field, overpowering Faith Baptist for a 95-49 men’s basketball victory Tuesday night.
The win snaps a six-game losing streak for the Dutch, who earlier posted the program’s third longest win streak at 11 victories.
“It was a good game for us and good timing for us,” coach Mike Boschee said. “We played at a high level offensively and it was a fun game for Central basketball.”
Central (13-7) broke it open early. Ahead 10-3 with 16:02 left in the first half, the Dutch went on a 24-0 burst in the next nine minutes for a 34-3 lead and jumped to a 52-14 advantage at the break. Central maintained a 40-point margin throughout the second half while Boschee played the entire squad.
Guard Demarco Turner (senior, Des Moines, East HS) had a game-high 17 points, hitting five of six shots from 3-point range. Forward Jack Bruns (senior, Story City, Roland-Story HS) had 16 points and nine rebounds and guard Kevin Kaerwer (sophomore, El Paso, Texas, John L. Chapin HS) notched his first career double-double with 10 points and 10 assists.
The Dutch held a 41-29 rebounding advantage and forced 22 turnovers while committing a season-low seven.
“We did a nice job on the boards, which allowed us to get out and run,” Boschee said. “We also did a good job taking care of the ball and limiting our turnovers.”
Central shot 41.7 percent from long distance, its second-best effort of the season, and hit 59.5 percent from the floor in the first 20 minutes. Faith Baptist shot 37 percent for the game.
The Dutch return to Iowa Conference action Saturday, hosting Cornell College in a women’s-men’s doubleheader starting at 2 p.m. at P.H. Kuyper Gymnasium. The Rams are 3-16 overall and 1-9 in the league. Central defeated Cornell 67-52 earlier this season.
“The players have done a good job staying positive and focused,” Boschee said. “They know they’re a good team and hopefully they’ll be able to show it here down the stretch.”