No. 6 NIACC men roll in opener, 118-74

NIACC's James Harris looks to pass in Friday's game against Hibbing CC.
NIACC's James Harris looks to pass in Friday's game against Hibbing CC.

IOWA FALLS - Last season, the NIACC men's basketball team scored at least 100 points in 14 games.

The 2019-20 Trojans looked like a similar version of the 2018-19 squad Friday by rolling to a 118-74 victrory over Hibbing CC on the opening day of the Dale Howard Classic on the Ellsworth campus.

The 118 points is the fourth most in the Mark Mohl era. The top three higest-scoring games in the Mohl era came in the 2018-19 season.

In Friday's win, sophomore Wendell Matthews scored 28 points to lead the Trojans. The 28 points is two off the career high for Matthews, who scored 30 points against Northeast CC on Nov. 30, 2018.

Sophomore Deundra Roberson scored 20 points as Mohl improved to 11-1 in season openers.

Also for NIACC, James Harris, Quentin Hardrict and Payton Breedlove all scored 12 points. Trey Sampson scored nine points.

NIACC returns to action at 1 p.m. Saturday against Bryant & Stratton (Wis.) at the Dale Howard Classic.

TOP SCORING GAMES IN MOHL ERA

NIACC 125, Mount Mercy University JV 98 (1-6-19)

NIACC 121, Little Priest Tribal College 101 (2-13-19)

NIACC 119, Iowa Lakes 110 (1-31-19)

NIACC 118, Hibbing CC 74 (11-1-19)

NIACC 117, South Australia Institute of Sport 72 (2014-15)

NIACC 117, Little Priest Tribal College 73 (2015-16)

NIACC 114, Little Priest Tribal College 88 (3-5-19)

NIACC 113, Quakerdale Promise Academy 97 (2012-13)

NIACC 113, Blackhawk East 85 (2009-10)

NIACC 110, North Central (Mo.) 78 (2009-10)

NIACC 110, LIttle Priest Tribal College 85 (2018-19)