2016 NCAA Div. III tournament qualifier
PELLA—Guard Demarco Turner (senior, Des Moines, East HS) poured in 29 points as the Central College men’s basketball team outshot Cornell College 83-50 Saturday.
One of three players to reach double digits, Turner hit nine-of-16 from the field and had six 3-pointers, including four in the first half. Forward Jack Bruns (senior, Story City, Roland-Story HS) had 14 points and nine rebounds and guard Kevin Kaerwer (sophomore, El Paso, Texas, John L. Chapin HS) also had 14 points, connecting on four-of-six from long distance. Forward Jacob Winkler (junior, Lancaster, Mo., Schuyler R-1 HS) had nine rebounds.
“We had a good inside-outside balance again tonight,” coach Mike Boschee said. “That’s something we saw in the beginning of the season and something we want to continue to see in games.”
Central raced to a 14-4 lead with a 10-0 run two minutes into the first half. A 10-0 surge at the start of the second half put the Dutch up 57-33 and the Central advantage was no less than 22 points the rest of the way.
“I really liked how we defended the whole game,” Boschee said. “We had a few mistakes here and there but overall our intensity was good and we didn’t let up once we had a big lead. We kept making things difficult for Cornell.”
Central (14-7 overall, 6-6 conference) shot 47.5 percent from the floor and limited Cornell (3-18 overall, 1-11 conference) to 28.8 percent. The Dutch made 13-of-32 3-pointers and outscored the Rams 28-18 in the paint. Central held a 39-32 rebounding advantage and committed just nine turnovers.
The Dutch meet Loras College at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Dubuque. Central defeated the Duhawks 81-73 in the teams’ previous meeting. Loras (5-17 overall, 2-11 conference) suffered a 68-63 setback to Dubuque Saturday.