NIACC men host Iowa Western on Saturday

NIACC's Jaycob Payne passes the ball in the first half of Tuesday's game against Riverland CC.
NIACC's Jaycob Payne passes the ball in the first half of Tuesday's game against Riverland CC.

MASON CITY - The NIACC men's basketball team hosts Iowa Western in a nonconference contest at 7 p.m. Saturday in the NIACC gym.

NIACC is off to a 4-0 start for the second straight season. The Trojans started 6-0 last season before dropping a 123-79 decision at Iowa Western. 

Iowa Western (5-1 overall) topped Central CC-Columbus 109-76 on Nov. 14.

No. 20 (NJCAA Division I) Iowa Western's lone loss was a 99-85 defeat at the hands of Missouri State University-West Plains on Nov. 4.

NIACC picked up a pair of wins Nov. 10-11 at the Dale Howard Classic in Iowa Falls. The Trojans topped Milwaukee Area Tech 81-69 on Nov. 10 at the Dale Howard Classic in Iowa Falls and stopped Harper College 91-61 on Nov. 11.

Fast start

This is the fifth time a Mark Mohl-coached team has started 4-0. The Trojans started 4-0 in 2010-11, 9-0 in 2009-10 and 6-0 in 2008-09.

It is the 18th time in NIACC men's basketball history that the Trojans have started 4-0. The best start in school history was a 12-0 start in the 2003-04 season. The Trojans also started 11-0 in 1977-78 and 1984-85.

Climbing the charts

Sophomore Nick Wurm has 60 career 3-point goals, which ranks 33rd on the school's career 3-point list. He has has 118 career assists (46th on the school's career list) and418 career points (71st on school's career scoring list.)

Notes: NIACC leads the all-time series 19-8 ... The first meetings between the two schools were in the 1975-76 season with the Trojans winning 81-72 and 80-61.

2017-18 NIACC leaders

Points (330, 82.5 ppg.) - Nick Wurm (18.3 ppg.) 73, Harrison Mills (12.8 ppg.) 51, Jaycob Payne (11.8 ppg.) 47.

3-point goals (27) - Mac Skogen 6, Wurm 6, Payne 5.

Rebounds (162) - Payne 35, Mills 20, Cam McPherson 14.

Assists (77) - Wurm 18, Tahjay Blackmon 8, Orrington Hamilton 8.

Steals (31) - Raymond Harding 7, Payne 5, Hamilton 5.

NIACC men's basketball team 2017-18

When NIACC                                                   Then NIACC is

Leads at halftime                                               4-0

Trails at halftime                                                0-0

Tied at halftime                                                  0-0

Plays in overtime                                                1-0

Scores less than 60 points                                  0-0

Scores between 60-69 points                              1-0

Scores between 70-79 points                             0-0

Scores between 80-89 points                             1-0

Scores between 90-99 points                             2-0

Scores 100 or more points                                 0-0

Allows less than 60 points                                  0-0

Allows between 60-69 points                             3-0

Allows between 70-79 points                             0-0

Allows between 80-89 points                             1-0

Allows between 90-99 points                             0-0

Allows 100 or more points                                 0-0

Game decided by 1-3 points                               0-0

Game decided by 4-6 points                               2-0

Game decided by 7-10 points                             0-0

Game decided by 11-14 points                           1-0

Game decided by 15+ points                             1-0

THE LAST TIME NIACC ....

Scored 100 points: 103 vs. Little Priest Tribal College (1-5-17)

Had 10 3-point goals: 15 vs. Iowa Central (1-21-17)

Had 50 rebounds: 52 vs. Harper College (11-11-17)

Had 20 assists: 21 vs. Harper College (11-1-17)

Had 15 steals: 18 vs. AFLBS (12-11-15)

THE LAST TIME A TROJAN HAD ...

50 points: 51, Dennis Shaffer vs. Southeastern (1972-73); 50, Dennis Shaffer vs. Iowa Central (1972-73)

40 points: 46, Walter Smith vs. Iowa Lakes (1973-74)

30 points: 35, Ben Moss vs. Lake Land College (11-12-16)

5 3-point goals: 6, Court Christianson vs. AFLBS (12-11-15)

25 rebounds: 25, Terry McKissick vs. Marshalltown (1971-72)

15 rebounds: 15, Josh White vs. Little Priest Tribal Coll. (1-5-17)

10 rebounds: 10, Jaycob Payne vs. Harper College (11-11-17)

15 assists: 16, Mike Eckenrod vs. Kirkwood (1987-88)

10 assists: 13, Trei Mitchell vs. AFLBS (1-16-15)

10 steals: 10, Jade Watson vs. Normandale (1993-94)

5 steals: 5, Trei Mitchell vs. AFLBS (12-11-15)

5 blocks: 6, Matthew Don vs. Iowa Lakes (2-12-14)

Double/double: Jaycob Payne 14 points/10 rebounds vs. Harper College (11-11-17)

 

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