Men’s Basketball News Archive 2015-2016

Hesston storms back for huge Region VI win


Interviewed by Hesston’s play-by-play announcer Rusty Whitcher, recorded by Athletic Director Rob Ramseyer.

The Hesston College men’s basketball team earned a hard-fought 86-79 win at home over Highland (Kan.) CC on Wednesday, Jan. 27, improving the Larks to 15-6 on the year.

Down 40-32 at the break, the Hesston offense poured in 54 second-half points to improve to 3-1 in Region VI play. The Larks shot 48.6 percent from the floor after intermission.

Cody Halvorson (Temple, Texas) connected on four treys and finished with a game-high 22 points, while Aubrey Johnson (Mustang, Okla.) added 21 points.

Ty Jordan had 15 points and three steals. Grant Gullett (Pflugerville, Texas) logged another solid effort with 13 points and eight rebounds.

Sitting in a four-way tie for first place in the region, Hesston welcomes rival Johnson County CC (Overland Park) to Yost Center for a huge matchup that could have big post-season implications. The game tips at 4 p.m.

Hesston on cloud nine with another win

The Hesston College men’s basketball saw its win streak reach nine with a 92-89 road win at the Larks’ rival Brown Mackie College (Salina) on Saturday, Jan. 16.

The Larks connected on 46.9 percent (30-of-64) of its shots from the floor and went 24-of-31 (77.4 percent) from the line in the win.

Jontray Harris (Austin, Texas) enjoyed a monster day with 24 points, 16 boards and three steals. Grant Gullett (Pflugerville, Texas) had an efficient 5-of-6 night from the floor and grabbed seven rebounds.

Cody Halverson (Temple, Texas) was good on 5-of-7 long balls and finished with 20 points. Ty Jordan (Houston, Texas) added 17 points.

Hesston, now 14-5 on the year and 2-0 in Region VI play, travels to Ft. Scott (Kan.) CC for a 7:30 p.m. tip on Wednesday, Jan. 20.

Larks top Labette as win streak reaches eight

The Hesston College men’s basketball continued its mid-season surge with a 78-75 home win over Labette CC (Parsons, Kan.) to open Region VI action on Wednesday night, Jan. 13.

The Larks trailed late in the first half before charging to the break with a 36-32 advantage. The teams battled back and forth throughout a tight second half, with Labette missing an open three-point attempt with 3 seconds left that secured the win for Hesston.

Grant Gullett (Pflugerville, Texas) connected on 9-of-12 from the floor for 20 points to lead Hesston’s offense. Gullett also pulled down a team-high 13 boards for the double-double.

Jontray Harris (Austin, Texas) added 15 counters, Cody Halverson (Temple, Texas) scored 12 and Jake Hansen (Effingham, Kan.) contributed 11 points and seven rebounds for the Larks.

Now 13-5 on the year, Hesston looks to move to 2-0 in Region VI play when the Larks travel to Salina, Kan., to take on rival Brown Mackie College at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 16.

Harris, Gullett lead Hesston to sixth straight win

The Hesston College men’s basketball team kicked off the new year in style with an 84-73 win over McPherson (Kan.) College JV on Thursday, Jan. 7. The Larks sixth straight win improves HC to 11-5.

A pair of Hesston players recorded double-doubles to fuel the win. Jontray Harris (Austin, Texas) finished with a team-high 23 points and 13 boards while Grant Gullett (Pflugerville, Texas) added a dozen points and 10 rebounds. Michael Lindauer (Sugar Land, Texas) chipped in with 12 points.

The Larks raced to a commanding 47-20 halftime lead on the strength of a suffocating defense that held the McPherson JV offense to 21.2 percent from the floor in the first 20 minutes. Hesston held a 39-33 edge in rebounds for the game.

Hesston looks to keep the momentum rolling with a 2 p.m. home game against Friends University JV (Wichita, Kan.) on Saturday, Jan. 9.

Offense carries Hesston to five-game win streak

The Hesston College men’s basketball team won a heart-pounding 101-100 Region VI tilt with Pratt (Kan.) CC on Monday, Dec. 7. Winners of five straight, the Larks are 10-5.

Hesston opened with a three-point barrage, hitting on 12-of-22 (54.5 percent) from beyond the arc in the first half to take a 53-45 lead at the break. The long-range shooting got even better in the second half and the Larks’ final tally stood at 19-of-34 (58.3 percent) from three.

Cody Halverson (Temple, Texas) scored 23 points. Ty Jordan (Houston, Texas) had 22 points and eight assists, and Jontray Harris added 21 counter and grabbed ten boards. Each of the the three connected on five treys.

Grant Gullett (Pflugerville, Texas) added 12 points on 5-of-9 shooting, while Aubrey Johnson (Mustang, Okla.) scored 10 off the bench.

Hesston closes the first semester on high note and awaits a Jan. 7 (Thurs) date versus McPherson (Kan.) College JV.

Hesston tops century mark; pushes win-streak to four

The Hesston College men’s basketball team scored 67 in the first half en route to a 111-71 blowout win at Ottawa (Kan.) University JV on Saturday, Dec. 5.

Jontray Harris (Austin, Texas) poured in a game-high 25 points and grabbed 10 boards for the double-double. Grant Gullett (Pflugerville, Texas) and Zach Galyon (Lyons, Kan.) added 14 points each. Heath Agnew (Mountain City, Texas) scored 10 points and pulled down 12 rebounds for a double-double of his own.

The Larks blazed to a 37-point lead by connecting on 25-of-42 first half shots (59.5 percent), including hitting on 8-of-13 from three-point range.

Riding a four-game win streak, Hesston hosts Pratt (Kan.) CC for a 7pm tip on Monday, December 7.

Hesston wins third straight

The Hesston College men’s basketball team drubbed Southwestern College JV (Winfield, Kan.) 96-74 on Wednesday, Dec. 2, earning its third straight win and fifth win in its last six games.

Jontray Harris (Austin, Texas) enjoyed another big night, as the redshirt freshman scored a game-high 22 points on 8-of-15 shooting, including 4-of-7 from beyond the arc. Harris added seven boards. Ty Jordan (Houston, Texas) scored a dozen points, and freshman guard Aubrey Johnson (Mustang, Okla.) contributed 16 points off the bench on 6-of-9 shooting (2-of-3 from three-point attempts).

The Larks held a 46-34 edge in rebounding and build a 45-35 lead at halftime.

Hesston, now 8-5 on the year, looks to make it four in a row with a trip to Ottawa (Kan.) University JV on Saturday, Dec. 5. The teams tip at 2 p.m.

Larks roll over Bethel JV

The Hesston College men’s basketball team notched a 89-61 win over Bethel College JV (North Newton, Kan.) on Monday, Nov. 30, upping its record to 7-5.

Jontray Harris (Austin, Texas) led the Larks with 19 points on 9-of-15 shooting. Ty Jordan (Houston, Texas) added 17 from the point, while sophomore shooting guard Cody Halverson (Temple, Texas) scored 15. Aubrey Johnson (Mustang, Okla.) added 14 points off the bench.

The Larks never trailed in the contest and took a 45-37 lead into the break. Hesston led by as many as 31 in the second half and held a 43-34 rebounding advantage for the game. The visiting Threshers were held to 32.1 percent (25-of-78) from the floor.

Hesston hosts Southwestern College JV (Winfield, Kan.) for a 7 p.m. tip on Wednesday, Dec. 2.

Big first half carries Larks to road win

The Hesston College men’s basketball team downed Kansas Wesleyan University JV (Salina, Kan.) 90-73 on Tuesday, Nov. 17, improving the Larks to 5-4 on the year.

Hesston went 23-of-36 (63.9 percent) from the floor in the first 20 minutes to race to a 56-35 lead. Ty Jordan (Houston, Texas) led the way with 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting. Cody Halvorson (Temple, Texas) and Aubrey Johnson (Mustang, Okla.) added 14 and 13 points, respectively. Heath Agnew (Mountain City, Texas) enjoyed an efficient 4-of-4 day from the floor, including three treys, to finish with 11 points. Brian Allen (Houston, Texas) added 10.

The Larks shot over 60 percent from the floor for the game (37-of-61) while holding the Coyotes to a 38.2 percent (26-of-68) showing. Hesston won the battle of the boards, 40 to 33, and early in the second half extended its lead to 67-38.

Hesston travels to Barton CC (Great Bend, Kan.) for a 7:30 p.m. tip on Friday, Nov. 20.

Larks’ defense earns home win

The Hesston College men’s basketball team used a 24-0 first-half run to turn a close game into a route in a 64-51 home win over Sterling (Kan.) College JV on Saturday, Nov. 14.

Tied at 23-23, the Hesston defense didn’t yield a point in the final seven minutes of the first half while building a 47-23 halftime lead.

The Larks yielded just 18 field goals for the game while holding Sterling JV to 29.5 percent from the floor. Hesston forced 17 turnovers and each team ended with 40 rebounds. Ty Jordan (Houston, Texas) lead Hesston with 14 points on 4-of-9 shooting.

4-4 on the year, Hesston travels to Kansas Wesleyan University JV (Salina, Kan.) for a 8 p.m. game on Tuesday, Nov. 17.

Red Devils escape with 93-89 win

The Hesston College men’s basketball team lost a 93-89 game to Allen CC (Iola, Kan.) on Tuesday, Nov. 10, dropping the Larks to 3-3 on the year.

Hesston led 50-44 after a sizzling first half in which the Larks shot better than 60 percent from the floor. Allen clamped down on the Hesston offense in the final 20 minutes and pulled away late for the road win.

Jontray Harris (Austin, Texas) led all scorers with 30 points on 9-of-18 shooting, including a 5-for-8 night from three. Ty Jordan (Houston, Texas) added 21 points and 10 rebounds.

Hesston hosts Northern Oklahoma (Enid) for a 7 p.m. tip on Friday, Nov. 13.

Hesston College named to NJCAA Preseason Top 25

Hesston College Men’s Basketball Team, coming off a NJCAA Region VI title and national tournament appearance, was named to the NJCAA Pre-Season Top 25 with the Larks coming in at #13.

The Larks are coached by Dustin Galyon and return key contributors Jake Hansen, Cody Halverson, Michael Lindauer, and Ty Jordan. Redshirt Freshman Jontray Harris is also expected to provide meaningful minutes. The team looks to defend last year’s Region VI title and hopes to make a deeper run in the national tournament.

The Larks open their regular season against Bethany College JV, Friday, October 30, 2015, at Yost Center on the campus of Hesston College.

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Larks ready to defend Region VI crown

Hesston College men’s basketball coach Dustin Galyon leads his team onto the hardwood in defense of last year’s NJCAA Region VI title and national tournament appearance.

Returning contributors from last year’s run include: Jake Hansen (Effingham, Kan.), a 6′5″ wing whose length and defensive presence add to a stingy Hesston defense that allowed just 66 points per game last year, 5′11″ guard Cody Halverson (Temple, Texas) the team’s leading returning scorer at 9.3 points per game, 6′6″ forward Michael Lindauer (Sugar Land, Texas), an athletic post who can stretch the defense with his perimeter shooting and Ty Jordan (Houston, Texas), a 6′2″ playmaker who can score from the point guard position.

Redshirt 6′4″ freshman Jontray Harris (Austin, Texas), expected to make a big impact in the Hesston backcourt, adds athleticism and play-making ability to the guard position.

“We will be committed to a defense-first mentality,” Galyon said. “We’ve put together a competitive schedule that will be a nice challenge for us and we’re excited to get the season started and build on our momentum.”

The Larks’ schedule features matchups with the last two NJCAA (Div. I) Region VI winners, as Hesston competes at the Hutchinson (Kan.) CC Invite, Nov. 6-to-7, and hosts Pratt (Kan.) CC, the 2013-14 Region VI winner, on Saturday, Nov. 28.

Hesston hosts Allen CC (Iola, Kan.), last year’s Jayhawk Conference co-champs, on Tuesday, Nov. 10.

Hesston College Men’s Basketball is one of seven teams that will battle for the Region VI, Div. II title. The Larks earned the number two seed last year before blitzing through the postseason on its way to the NJCAA National Tournament in Danville, Ill.

“I’m excited for the impact our players will have on the basketball floor, but even more so about the impact they’ll make on our campus,” Galyon said. “Lark fans can expect another great year from our young men.”

Mann, Rimann Honored as Hesston College’s Top Student Athletes

Malcolm Mann, a sophomore men’s basketball player, and Samantha Rimann, a sophomore volleyball player, were named 2015 male and female Hesston College Student Athletes of the Year at the school’s annual Athletic Banquet April 28.

Mann, Plano, Texas, was one of the sophomore leaders to charge the way to a Region VI title and a berth to the NJCAA Division II National Tournament for the first time in 25 years. This two-year captain for the men’s basketball team now sits on the top ten list of career steals in Hesston College history. To add to all of the team’s success this year, Mann received Honorable Mention all-region.

“I learned the importance of solid relationships within the team and how that can translate to success on the court,” said Mann. “This award shows that who I’m striving to be is worth it.”

Mann is also involved in various ways on campus including activities like First-Year Experience Scholar, campus worship team, and the Hesston College Gospel Choir.

“I believe that Malcolm Mann is a model recipient for the athlete of the year honor,” said coach Dustin Galyon. “Malcolm is an incredible athlete and leader. His athletic accomplishments are historic, but small in measure to his impact and involvement on our campus and student body.”

Rimann, Liberty Hill, Texas, was a defensive phenomenon for the volleyball team, shattering numermous Hesston College records. The sophomore now sits first in three categories for the volleyball team. She holds the single season record for digs (550), single season record for digs per game (5.24) and career record for digs (899). Along with all these records, Rimann received a spot on the all-tournament team at the Vernon Community College (Texas) tournament.

“This year was all about redemption for our team,” said Rimann. “We had a good season with good teammates. It was satisfying and refreshing. Postseason participation was a highlight to this year. It represented a complete turnaround from last season.”

“Sam Rimann is well deserving of Hesston College female athlete of the year,” said coach Jessica Cleveland. “She was a major factor in our success this year. We changed our defense to give her more area of the court defensively and she stepped up to the challenge and excelled at it. She was consistent all year and was the foundation of our team. It was fun watching her grow as a student-athlete at Hesston College.”

Mann and Rimann succeed last year’s winners Makayla Ladwig, Wichita, Kansas, and Nick Yoder, Millersburg, Ohio.

The awards were revealed at the annual Hesston Athletics Banquet. The other major honor of the night was the highest team GPA which the women’s tennis team won with a 3.69.

Larks season comes to an end on day two of Nat’l Tourney

The Hesston College men’s basketball team saw its season end with a 101-84 loss to Lansing (Mich.) CC on Thursday, March 19. The Larks finish at 22-12.

Austin Mitchell (Plano, Texas) and Jordan Tanner (Houston, Texas) capped outstanding sophomore seasons by scoring 19 points each to lead the Hesston offense. Fellow Sophomore Grant Walker (North Newton, Kan.) went 4-for-5 from beyond the arc and scored a dozen. Jake Hansen (Effingham, Kan.) added 11 points and nine rebounds. Michael Lindauer (Sugar Land, Texas) contributed 10 points and seven rebounds. Malcolm Mann (Plano, Texas) scored 11 in his final game wearing the Maroon and White.

Hesston was competitive throughout the contest, trailing by just four (44-40) at the break. Hesston shot 44.4 percent (32-of-72) from the field and traded leads a dozen times with Lansing.