Morningside went on a 19-2 run midway through the first half and Nebraska Wesleyan could never recover as the Mustangs rolled to a 78-64 victory over the Prairie Wolves in the Great Plains Athletic Conference finale on Saturday afternoon (Feb. 19) in Sioux City, Iowa.
NWU ends the GPAC season with a 5-13 conference record, and fall to 9-16 overall.
After a layup by Jim Lance with 12:19 to play in the first half, NWU pulled to within three points at 13-10. From there the Prairie Wolves would score just two points over the next seven minutes as Morningside built up a 32-12 lead.
The Mustangs (14-16, 10-8 GPAC) led 45-27 at halftime and maintained the double digit lead the rest of the contest. NWU did make one small run and pulled to within 12 points with 8:30 left in the contest. The Prairie Wolves had a chance to get the lead down to single digits, but turned the ball over on their next possession.
Bryce Arp had a big game for Nebraska Wesleyan as he was the lone Prairie Wolves player to reach double figures. Arp was 7-15 from the field and scored 19 points. Trent Scheitel came off the bench to score nine points and lead the way with seven rebounds.
Cory Gaston came off the bench to lead Morningside with 22 points. Bryce Borchers added 16 points and eight rebounds.
NWU now prepares for their final week of the season when they play in the AD3I West Region Tournament in Santa Cruz, California.