2016 NCAA Div. III tournament qualifier
PELLA — In a contest that was tied 14 times, the Central College men’s basketball team fell short in overtime to Iowa Wesleyan, 92-88.
Down 40-39 at the half, the Dutch (4-2) took a six-point lead with 5:30 left in regulation. Three 3-pointers and six free throws brought the Tigers (6-6) back into the game. The second half ended in a 79-79 tie. An unanswered 3-pointer and six free throws in extra play led to the Dutch loss.
“It was a very disappointing effort,” said coach Craig Douma. “This was not Central basketball. We didn’t have much of an offense or defense tonight."
The teams were even from the floor with Central shooting 50 percent and Iowa Wesleyan hitting 49 percent. But from 3-point range, the Tigers downed 49 percent while the Dutch hit just 36 percent.
Guard Branden Stubbs (junior, Pleasant Hill, Des Moines Christian HS) had a team-high 23 points and four assists. Forward Matt Greenfield (junior, Huxley, Ballard HS) chipped in 17 points and six rebounds while guard Nick Marinkovich (senior, Clarendon Hills, Ill., Hinsdale Central HS) tallied 17 points, shooting 56 percent from 3-point range. Center Jacob Winkler (senior, Lancaster, Mo., Schuyler R-1 HS) added 14 points and 12 rebounds to the total.
“We need more intensity,” said Douma. “I feel like our practices need to change. I saw no movement offensively and we have too many weapons on this team to play like we did.”
The Dutch return to action Monday and travel to Crown College (Minn.) to take on the Storm at 6 p.m. Crown is 2-3 overall, most recently losing to Buena Vista University, 96-46.