BELLEVUE, Neb. – Midland University earned a pair of quality wins to wrap of 2018 at the Fairfield Inn & Suites Bruin Classic in nearby Bellevue, Nebraska. On Thursday afternoon the Warriors defeated host Bellevue University 87-81 and then followed it up with a 91-81 victory on Friday over Waldorf University.
The victory over the Bruins avenged an earlier two-point loss back on November 25 at home. Midland led Bellevue by five, 40-35 at the intermission and then held on for the six point win to open the classic. Malik Martin, who dropped 50 points in the first meeting, had 19 points this time around to lead a group of five Warriors in double figures. Joining him were starters Bryce Parsons (18), Bowen Sandquist (15), and Luke Cadzow (12). Dillon Faubel scored 10 points off of the bench while playing 23 minutes filling the void of players saddled with foul trouble.
Midland had one of their best shooting games of the season thus far converting on 13 of 24 from behind the arc for 54.2%. Overall the Warriors shot nearly 60% for the game (32-54).
On the second day in their game with Waldorf, the Warriors equaled their 13 three-point baskets made going 13-31. Cadzow made five from long distance finishing in double-figures for the second straight game with 15 points. Parsons led the way with 27 points and flirted with a triple-double with 9 rebounds and 9 assists. Sandquist and Faubel each scored 10 points as well.
After trading baskets early on Midland took control of the game building a lead of 18 points in the first half. The lead grew after the intermission to as much as 23 points on a couple of occasions, the last coming with 6:29 left. Waldorf took advantage of poor shot selections by Midland and nearly came back, going on a 21-8 run to end the game.
With pair of wins Midland improves their record to 8-9 on the season heading into the New Year. They’ll get their first test of 2019 on January 2nd when they return to conference play and host No. 6 Briar Cliff. Tipoff between the Warriors and Chargers is set for 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday inside the Wikert Event Center in Fremont.