The Hastings College Broncos and Concordia University Bulldogs met in a matchup to get leverage for the 6-seed in the Cypress Risk Management GPAC Men’s Basketball Tournament set to begin Feb. 18. Concordia (20-9, 9-8) was able to escape Lynn Farrell Arena Wednesday night with a very convincing 90-69 thrashing of the Broncos (14-15, 8-9).
The Broncos would only share one tie with the Bulldogs throughout the course of the game, at 2 points a piece. Unfortunately for the Broncos, though, the Bulldogs got it going right away, as they found themselves off to a 26-10 lead with 7:56 left in the first half. Their early push was countered by a Broncos rebuttal, capped with a layup by freshman Zach Kitten, to make it 31-27 with 3:07 left in the half. Concordia would extend their lead to 10 to go into halftime up 41-31.
The second half would start off in the same fashion as the first half, as it would be controlled, mainly, by the potent offense of the Bulldogs. The Broncos would have one last push, but it was too late in the game to matter, as they dropped the contest, 90-69.
Concordia was led by freshmen Tanner Shuck, Jake Hornick and senior Seth Curran, who tallied 21, 13 and 14 points, respectively. As a team, the Bulldogs out rebounded the Broncos 35-24 and amassed a field goal percentage of 61 percent, and 44 percent from beyond the arc.
Hastings was crushed by the amount of free throws they allowed. Concordia went 26-32 from the charity line. HC was lead offensively by seniors Trey Moore and Rich Williams, who garnered 44 of the Broncos’ 69 points.
As a result of the game, Morningside College has been locked into the 5-seed, Concordia into the 6-seed and Hastings into the 7-seed. The Bulldogs play next at home on Saturday against the Dordt College Defenders. For the Broncos, they’ll tipoff at 4 p.m. against the 18th-ranked Briar Cliff Chargers.
Connor Musiel (5) attacks the rim during a game against Concordia on Feb. 15, 2017. PHOTO BY JORDAN BROWN