SEWARD — Concordia demonstrated its perimeter shooting prowess on Wednesday night to spoil the Great Plains Athletic Conference opener for Midland University.
The Bulldogs hit 15 of 26 shots (57.7 percent) from 3-point land to down the Warriors 86-72.
“It was a gutsy performance,” Concordia coach Ben Limback said. “I feel like the guys really came together and executed everything we talked about. We shot lights out, which always helps, but I was really proud of our guys.”
The Warriors, who dropped their second straight game after a 4-0 start, fell behind 10-3 when Tanner Shuck of the Bulldogs drained a 3. Midland then went on a 7-0 run that was capped by a Chase Parsons 3 — off a Ryan Williams assist — with 14:20 left in the half.
Concordia regained the lead, but Darrin Clark of the Warriors hit a jumper with 2:35 left in the half to pull the Warriors to within 30-29. The Bulldogs answered Clark’s basket with a 10-0 run to end the half.
Concordia hit 7 of 12 shots from 3-point territory in the first 20 minutes while MU was 3 of 10.
Williams and TK Dixson attempted to rally the Warriors in the second half. Williams scored 16 of his 20 points in the final 20 minutes while Dixson hit four 3s and finished with 16 points.
Williams connected on a traditional three-point play and had a 3 during a 9-0 MU run that cut the deficit to 52-50 with 12:09 left. Cordell Gillingham, Chris Johnstone and Kyle Pierce of the Bulldogs answered with consecutive 3s and the Warriors could only get as close as seven the rest of the way.
Midland coach Oliver Drake said the Warriors didn’t play up to their potential.
“We had another really poor performance tonight,” he said. “We didn’t play with the level of accountability that is needed in the GPAC. We will get back in the gym and continue to work and evaluate our personnel to find the right lineups that make us a more competitive team.”
Parsons came off the bench to score 14 points. Williams had a team-best 11 rebounds and three assists. Nick Wood had five rebounds.
Chase Parsons came off the bench and put in 14 points for the Warriors.
Jake Hornick had 20 points to lead Concordia, 5-1 overall and 1-0 in the GPAC. Johnstone added 17 while Shuck (12) and Pierce (10) also hit double figures.
The Warriors, 4-2 overall and 0-1 in the GPAC, will host 10th-ranked Dakota Wesleyan at 8 Tuesday night at the Wikert Event Center.
Midland — Ryan Williams 20, Nick Wood 6, Darrin Clark 2, TK Dixson 16, Marti Fonolla 3, Reggie Gradwell 2, Tyler Craven 3, Chase Parsons 14, Isaiah Workman 6.
Concordia — Kyle Pierce 10, Zach Friel 9, Cordell Gillingham 8, Tanner Shuck 12, Jake Hornick 20, Riley Tegtmeier 8, Brevin Sloup 2, Chris Johnstone 17.