SIOUX CITY | Brody Egger likes the winner’s mentality which Morningside’s men’s basketball team displayed throughout Thursday night’s game at the Mustang Holiday Classic.

Leads for Egger’s Mustangs were hard to come by, especially during regulation in the battle at Rosen Verdoorn Sports Center/Allee Gym against future Great Plains Athletic Conference opponent Jamestown College. That is, until the second overtime session when Egger took over, scoring the game’s final eight points.

Eggers’ season-high 29 points lifted the Mustangs to a 94-83 triumph. His basket with 21 seconds left produced an 88-83 lead, which at that point, was the largest advantage Coach Jim Sykes’ squad recorded against the Jimmies, who stormed to a 23-5 advantage in the game’s first 9 ½ minutes and then lost a 66-57 lead with 5:22 left in the second half as Egger hit a pair of free throws with 16 seconds left to complete a 15-6 run that forced overtime.

“Coach keeps talking about having a winner’s mentality and building that,” said Egger, one of four double-digit scorers for a 12-4 squad that will conclude the Mustang Holiday Classic when it faces Ottawa at 7:30 tonight.

“Earlier in the season, we lost a few that were close. Coach keeps talking about refusing to lose. We made some plays down the stretch. The big guys made some plays. Pierce (Almond) hit some big shots. We found ways to get it done.”

Bryce Koch provided 20 points and 14 rebounds for the Mustangs. Alex Borchers added 15 points while Tyler Borchers tallied five of his 10 points off the bench in the second OT stanza, including a basket with 55 seconds that produced the home team’s largest lead of the game, 86-82.

“We had both of them (Tyler Borchers and Koch) in there at that time to help us on the defensive end and rebounding wise and to match up with them a little bit better,” said Sykes. “We had a good matchup inside and Bryce made a good pass to Tyler who was able to convert.”

Tyler Borchers snared his seventh rebound of the game after a three-point miss from the Jimmies’ Logan Brown (15 points). Ten seconds later, Jon Purintun, who had sent the game into a second overtime on a basket for a 78-all tie with 4.1 seconds left, fouled Egger and fouled out.

Egger then went to the free throw line with the chance to convert an additional four free throws, as both Purintun and second-year Jamestown Coach Danny Neville were whistled for technical fouls. Egger made all six charity-stripe chances to finish the game 13 of 15 from the line.

“Brody’s a quiet assassin,” said Sykes. “He went about his business. You look at the scoreboard at whatever he had and it didn’t look like he had (29). He does it in a workman’s way. He makes his free throws and makes big plays when we need them, no question.”

Jamestown (8-8), which faces Briar Cliff (12-4) at 3 o’clock this afternoon at the Mustang Holiday Classic, received 20 points from Jake Hagler, which included 6 of 10 three-point shooting. Riley Henderson added 16 points while Jacob Havron’s 14 points and 15 rebounds included a pair of free throws with 2:35 left that produced an 82-81 lead, 13 seconds before Egger’s eventual game-winning basket.

“You have to give it to (Morningside), they played hard and played their hearts out,” said Hagler. “We played hard and played our hearts out. It was entertaining basketball, that’s for sure. We just have to forget about this, take things out of this, learn from it and be ready to play hard (against Briar Cliff). That’s the motto we’ve adopted. If we play hard, we’ll be in games.”

JAMESTOWN (83)

Logan Brown 6-14 1-2 15, Jake Hagler 7-14 0-0 20, Jon Purintin 4-14 0-0 9, Riley Henderson 7-12 0-0 16, Jacob Havron 3-6 8-12 14, Kiwane Crowder 2-5 0-0 6, Daymeann Stewart 0-1 0-0 0, Vlad Stoicoviciu 1-2 0-0 3, Sam Johnson 0-2 0-0 0, Carter Keller 0-0 0-0 0, Christian Kvilvang 0-0 0-0 0, Connor Entzi 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 30-70 9-14 83.

MORNINGSIDE (94)

Pierce Almond 3-7 0-0 9, Brody Egger 7-14 13-15 29, Ryan Tegtmeier 3-9 2-2 9, Alex Borchers 4-10 6-6 15, Bryce Koch 9-12 2-4 20, Blake Van Ginkel 1-1 0-0 2, Andrew Semadeni 0-2 0-0 0, Brody Van Ginkel 0-1 0-0 0, Wyatt Mounts 0-1 0-0 0, Tyler Borchers 4-7 2-4 10, Matthew Klemme 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 31-65 25-31 94.

Halftime – Jamestown 37, Morningside 35. End of second half – Tied, 72-72. End of first overtime – Tied, 78-78. Three-point goals – Jamestown 14-31 (Hagler 6-10, Crowder 2-3, Henderson 2-3, Brown 2-8, Stoicoviciu 1-2, Purintin 1-3, Johnson 0-2), Morningside 7-25 (Almond 3-7, Egger 2-8, A. Borchers 1-2, Tegtmeier 1-5, Brody Van Ginkel 0-1, Semadeni 0-2). Rebounds – Jamestown 41 (Havron 15), Morningside 40 (Koch 14). Assists – Jamestown 15 (Purintin 6), Morningside 18 (T. Borchers 4). Total fouls – Jamestown 22, Morningside 15. Fouled out – Purintin. Technical foul – Purintin, Jamestown bench. Turnovers – Jamestown 17, Morningside 15.

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