January 17, 2013
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SIOUX CITY, Iowa -- Morningside's (Iowa) men's basketball team won its biggest game of the season with a 98-81 upset shocker over fifth-ranked Northwestern (Iowa) on Wednesday in Sioux City.
The surging Mustangs won their third straight game to climb back to .500 at 11-11, including a 6-6 mark in the GPAC.
The Mustangs staged a text book offensive performance as they turned the ball over only eight times and burned down the nets at a 66.7 percent shooting clip from beyond the 3-point arc. Morningside bombed in 16 of 24 3-point shots and finished the contest with a shooting mark of 50.8 percent overall.
Northwestern, which had won seven of its last eight games going into the contest, saw its record fall to 15-5 overall and 9-3 in the GPAC. The setback cost the Red Raiders sole possession of the league leadership and enabled Doane to move into a first place tie with Northwestern. Morningside will host Doane this Saturday at 4 p.m.
Danny Rudeen (Photo courtesy of Gene Knudsen) scored a game-high 23 points to lead a group of five Mustangs in double figures against the Red Raiders. Reserves Steve O'Neill and Jared Kolbush combined to make nine of 11 3-point shots and finished with career-high totals of 16 and 15 points, respectively. Kyle Nikkel and Tanner Miller joined them in double figures with 13 points each.
Trent Miller dealt a game and season's high 11 assists, while his younger brother Tanner Miller led all performers with a career-high seven steals to go along with a career-high seven assists.
Nikkel grabbed eight rebounds to tie Northwestern's Stu Goslinga for game honors, but it wasn't enough to prevent a 41-25 Red Raider rebounding advantage.
Morningside led for most of the game and took the lead for good with 14:46 left in the first half when a 3-pointer by Danny Rudeen put the Mustangs in front 14-11. The Mustangs eventually led by 10 points, 45-35, before taking a 45-37 lead into the intermission.
The Mustangs' lead grew to a game-high 24 points in the second half when Kolbush drilled a 3-pointer to put the hosts ahead 78-54 with 9:36 left in the game.