WATERTOWN, Wis. – The Crusaders pulled out their third win of the season, 85-73 over Moody Bible in a foul and turnover-filled match on Saturday afternoon.
Both teams combined for 48 turnovers, but the Crusaders used a 27-point lead to keep Moody out of reach in the second period.
An early 7-2 Maranatha lead on a layup by sophomore center Brett Cashner (Urbana, Ill.) gave way to 27-19 in favor of the Crusaders at seven minutes.
The Archers cut the lead back down to eight with just under three minutes remaining, but senior forward Joel Borchardt (Watertown, Wis.) hit a three with six seconds left, lifting his team to a 46-31 halftime lead.
Maranatha shot 57% from the field in the first half and held a 22-10 advantage on points in the paint, with Borchardt recording 16 of his 33 points.
When the Crusaders went to the line in the first half, they shot 75% on 9-12 shooting.
Sophomore guard Tanner Moses (Lodi, Wis.) and Borchardt opened the second half with consecutive three’s and Maranatha found themselves on top, 56-35.
Moody’s 23-8 run in the ensuing minutes pulled the team to within twelve points, but in not enough time to overcome an earlier, 70-43 deficit. Maranatha held the Archers at bay, hitting enough shots down the stretch to improve to 3-3 against NCCAAII opponents.
“I thought we were learning to be more agressive and attack-minded, but give credit to Moody Bible for coming back. I thought we really played well as a unit, and I was impressed with how Joel played as well as Kyle and Tanner. We play them again so we have to be ready for them,” stated head coach Keith Salscheider.
Moody shot 92% from the free-throw line in the second-half and 90% in the game, finishing the afternoon 19-21, while Maranatha finished 20-31.
Borchardt finished with his third-straight double-double, chipping in 10 rebounds and three assists. Moses finished the game with 15 points and three steals on 5-8 shooting.
The men’s basketball team is back home on Tuesday, January 22 against Silver Lake at 7:30 p.m.