SIOUX CITY | After enduring a double overtime contest on Thursday and without services of one of its starters, Morningside had enough to rally past Ottawa 80-72 in the final game of the Mustang Holiday Classic Friday.

Mustang big men Tyler Borchers and Bryce Koch each recorded double-doubles and Morningside outscored Ottawa 18-4 in the final seven minutes, improving its overall record to 13-4.

Borchers, who normally comes off the bench but started in place of injured Ryan Tegtmeier, scored 16 points and grabbed 11 rebounds while Koch contributed 11 points and 11 rebounds.

Borchers, a 6-foot-7 freshman from Le Mars, Iowa, had 11 points during an 18-0 Morningside run that turned a 68-62 deficit into an 80-68 lead. The versatile performer started the spurt with a rebound bucket, then nailed a couple of 15-foot shots and made five free throws.

“Last night was a long one but we had to bounce back and do our normal routine and get back into the swing of things,” Borchers said. “They’re a really good team, we just switched up defenses on them and they had a little trouble with that. We stuck to our guns, played better defense in the second half and locked down on that end of the floor.”

Pierce Almond paced the Mustangs with 17 points, making five 3-point shots. Brody Eggers was also in double figures with 12 points, sinking all six of his free throw attempts as Morningside went 20-for-24 from the line.

Ottawa (6-9) of the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference, was on fire in the first half, making 20 of 29 shots (69 percent) to take a 47-40 halftime lead. Titus Rice had 16 of his 18 points in the first half and Kameron Lindsay 14 of his 17 points.

“We changed up and played zone a little more in the second half and made sure we stayed in front of their guys,” Morningside Coach Jim Sykes said. “The first half they made some tough shots and we didn’t get back in transition. We just made more plays down the stretch. Maybe they ran out of gas in that last stretch but I’ll give our guys credit on that.”

A 3-pointer by Egger and layup by Brody Van Ginkel – the fifth Mustang in double digits with 11 points – gave Morningside a 57-53 lead with just over 14 minutes left. Ottawa regained momentum and took a 68-62 lead on a 3-pointer by Lindsay with 6:52 remaining.

The Braves didn’t score again until less than a minute remained.

Tegtmeier sprained an ankle midway through the second half of Thursday’s 94-83 double overtime win over Jamestown. He sat out with a boot on his injured right ankle.

OTTAWA (72)

Hollis Mitchell 4-11 2-2 11, Alex Hasty 2-4 0-0 4, Kameron Lindsay 7-10 0-0 17, Logan Bullinger 4-10 0-0 11, Titus Rice 8-15 0-1 18, Devin Perez 0-3 2-2 2, Mike McKinney 1-2 0-0 3, Jeremiah Brooks 3-4 0-0 6, Jakob Neidig 0-0 0-0 0, Jalen Thompson 0-0 0-0 0, Eric Stark 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 29-59 4-5 72.

MORNINGSIDE (80)

Pierce Almond 6-14 0-0 17, Brody Egger 2-9 6-6 12, Alex Borchers 2-7 4-4 8, Bryce Koch 4-5 3-5 11, Tyler Borchers 5-8 6-8 16, Blake Van Ginkel 0-0 0-0 0, Andrew Semadeni 2-6 1-1 5, Brody Van Ginkel 4-8 0-0 11, Matthew Hahn 0-1 0-0 0, Wyatt Mounts 0-3 0-0 0, Matthew Klemme 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 25-61 20-24 80.

Halftime – Ottawa 47, Morningside 40. 3-point shots – Ottawa 10-28 (Bullinger 3-8, Lindsay 3-6, Rice 2-5, Mitchell 1-6, McKinney 1-1, Perez 0-2), Morningside 10-29 (Almond 5-11, Br. Van Ginkel 3-7, Egger 2-5, A. Borchers 0-2, Mounts 0-2, Hahn 0-1, Semadeni 0-1). Fouled out – None. Rebounds – Ottawa 30 (Lindsay 10), Morningside 41 (Koch 11, T. Borchers 11). Assists – Ottawa 11 (Mitchell 3, Bullinger 3), Morningside 14 (A. Borchers 4). Turnovers – Ottawa 17, Morningside 19. Total fouls – Ottawa 22, Morningside 11.

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