Classic update: No. 1 seed Manhattan strolls

By Steve Sell
January 30, 2014
Kendall Shaw

The Manhattan Indians did what a once-beaten, top-seeded team should do against a winless, last-seeded team Thursday in the first round of the Mid America Classic.

The Indians shot out to a 28-9 halftime lead over Hays and kept their interest up long enough for a 60-24 victory.

Manhattan, considered a heavy favorite to win its first title, suffered from a poor-shooting first half, making 10 of 30 — 1 of 10 from 3-point — but it almost never gave Hays a good look as it was 3 of 14 in the half and turned it over 16 times.

Manhattan coach Scott Mall wasn't overly enamored with his team's performance despite the score disparity.

"I wasn't real happy with the way we played in the first half," said Mall, whose team improved to 10-1. "I thought we were real rough and not real opportunistic. Offensively we didn't go with the ball where we wanted. It's two games in a row we've kind of done that. If we want to win more games in the tournament, we've got to get over that."

Manhattan was just 24 of 64 from the field, 2 of 16 from beyond the arc. But it forced 30 turnovers and crushed Hays on the glass with a 45-27 rebounding advantage.

Darby Price was the game's dominant player with 14 points and 14 rebounds to lead Manhattan. Caroline Ballard added 13 points. Eleven of the 12 Indian players scored.

Audra Schmeidler led 0-11 Hays with eight points.