Cyboron's Free Throws Advance Tigers in GPAC
The Doane men's basketball team led for only 10 seconds in the second half, however, leading for the final 10 seconds will produce an upset win in the First Round of the GPAC Tournament. Doane, seeded No. 9, downed No. 8 seed Morningside, 63-62, to advance to Thursday's action in Mitchell, S.D. The win marked the first in seven years that the Tigers won their first round contest. Doane advanced to the championship game of the GPAC in 2003-04, the last year they won in the first round.
Doane and Morningside went back and forth over the first 10 minutes of play as neither team could find an advantage of more than four points. With Doane leading 17-14, the tables turned as the Mustangs went on a 14-0 run to take an 11 point lead with six minutes remaining in the half. The Tigers chipped away at the lead but still trailed by seven at the break, 35-28. Both teams shot well in the first stanza with the difference coming in points off of turnovers where Morningside held a 15-10 advantage.
In the second half, Doane opened with a 9-2 run to tie the game at 37-all. The Tigers kept it close in the first seven minutes of the half but Morningside used back-to-back three-pointers to spark a 10-0 run as they led 51-41 with 10 minutes remaining.
Doane cut the lead to five points on two Trent Schlautman free throws and a three-pointer by Zach Moult but the Mustangs responded with a three-pointer and a basket and free throw to go ahead by 11.
Trailing 59-48 with five minutes remaining, Moult hit his second three-point basket of the half to cut the lead to eight. Morningside added a free throw before Jake Johnson ran off eight straight points in four possessions for Doane to cut the lead to one, 60-59, with 1:57 remaining.
Mitch Carstens hit a jumper to put Morningside ahead by three with 1:21 to go but a foul by the Mustangs put Tyler Cyboron at the line for a pair of free throws. He hit both to pull Doane within a single point once again.
Morningside was able to run the clock down to 19 seconds before Doane committed a foul that put Adam Palmer at the line for a 1-and-1 opportunity. Palmer missed the front end of the free throw opportunity and Jens Scholl rebounded and kicked out to Schlautman who brought the ball in front of the Tiger bench to take a timeout with 14 seconds remaining.
Cyboron received the inbounds pass following the timeout and attacked the lane where he drew a foul with 10 seconds remaining. He hit nothing but net on both free throws to give Doane a one point lead. Morningside came down and had a free throw line jumper to retake the lead but it was long and a rebound could not be secured as time expired for the Mustangs.
Doane received 17 points from Johnson and 14 points from Moult to lead the way. Moult added a team-high eight rebounds. Cyboron finished with 11 points for the Tigers, going 5-for-5 at the charity stripe. Schlautman led the team with four assists and Cyboron posted three steals.
The Tigers shot 47-percent from the floor and limited Morningside to 39-percent in the second half as they outscored the Mustangs by eight points in the final half.
Doane will travel to Mitchell, S.D., to take on the conference regular season champions in Dakota Wesleyan. The "Battle of the Tigers" will tip-off at 8:00 PM on Thursday, February 25, at the Corn Palace.