YANKTON, S.D. – Midland University’s men’s basketball team played yet another close conference game on Saturday, but fell on the road to Mount Marty. The Warriors (3-4, 2-2 GPAC) nearly came all the way back to beat the Lancers (3-6, 1-3 GPAC) before falling 74-71 on Saturday at Cimpl Arena. Midland has now played seven games in the 2018-19 campaign, and six of them have been decided by single digits.
Midland scored the game’s first five points before getting blitzed by the Lancers. The Warriors found themselves down by as many as 13 in the first half and trailed by double-digits for most of the first 20 minutes. Bryce Parsons’ buzzer-beating three-pointer before halftime pulled Midland to within nine points at 34-25.
The Warriors let their resiliency show again in this game and pulled the game to within three points near the 10 minute mark of the second half. But, just three minutes later, the Lancers had extended their lead back to 10.
Another 8-1 run shrunk the lead back to three as freshman Bowen Sandquist connected on a pair of three-pointers, with assists on both baskets coming from Parsons. The lead never rose beyond eight points after that stretch.
The Warriors trailed by eight points in the final minute, but they still weren’t done fighting. Sophomore Sam Brown sank back-to-back jumpers on consecutive possessions to pull Midland to within four points. After two made free throws from Reily Devine, Parsons’ late three-pointer pulled Midland to within three, but the Warriors never got another shot off after a foul.
Midland never led after the early 5-0 advantage, but rallied back multiple times to keep pressure on the Lancers. Little things kept the Warriors in the game, including going 16-22 (72.7 percent) from the free throw line. The Warriors also committed just eight turnovers compared to 12 from Mount Marty. Midland scored 16 points off turnovers compared to five for the Lancers.
Parsons paced the Warriors yet again with a career-high 31 points. The junior point-forward hybrid was 11-17 from the field and 2-2 from the free throw line. Parsons also grabbed seven rebounds, dished out five assists, and came away with two steals.
Midland also got double-digit scoring from Sandquist, who finished with 13 points while shooting 3-10 from three-point range and 4-4 from the line. Brown also had 10 points, making all five of his field goal attempts.
Close, nail-biting games have become routine for the Warriors so far on the short season. Midland is 3-3 in games decided by single digits.
Next up for the Warriors is the Draemel Classic this coming Saturday and Sunday in Fremont, Nebraska. The Warriors will face off with Dakota State (2-4) on Saturday, November 24, at 4:00 p.m. before playing the No. 14 Bellevue (3-6) on Sunday at 3:00 pm. Fellow GPAC member Morningside will also be competing in the four-team tournament played at Wikert Event Center.