Men’s Basketball News Archive 2015-2016

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.

Larks drop opener at Nationals

The Hesston College men’s basketball team lost 89-53 to Des Moines (Iowa) Area CC on Wednesday, March 18, in the opening round of the NJCAA National Tournament.

Kaden Vanderpool (Melvern, Kan.) connected on 3-of-6 from long range to lead Hesston with 10 points. Austin Mitchell (Plano, Texas) added nine points and five rebounds. Jordan Tanner (Houston, Texas) scored eight points and grabbed five boards. Ty Jordan (Houston, Texas) chipped in with eight points and two assists.

DMACC shot a blistering 52.3 percent for the game and led 44-22 at the break. The Larks head to the consolation bracket and await their next opponent.

Larks bound for nationals

The Hesston College men’s basketball team secured a trip to the 2015 NJCAA Division II National Tournament, with a thrilling 77-69 win over Kansas City Kansas CC  March 7.

Seeded second in the Region VI tourney, Hesston blasted Highland CC 71-51 on Tuesday, March 3, to advance to the championship. The Larks shot an impressive 18-of-32 (56.8 percent) from the field against KCK, including 7-of-12 (58.3 percent) from long range. Hesston’s bench outscored KCK 33-19 and forced a dozen turnovers.

Austin Mitchell (Plano, Texas) scored 21 points on 8-of-11 shooting with five rebounds to lead the way for Hesston. Ty Jordan (Houston, Texas) added 14 points with five assists. Jordan Tanner (Houston, Texas) contributed 10 points and six boards. Jake Hansen (Effingham, Kan.) chipped in with nine points and six rebounds.

The Larks now advance to the NJCAA National Tournament in Danville, Ill., March 17 to 21. This marks the team’s first appearance in the national tournament since 1990.

The Larks will face Des Moines (Iowa) Area Community College at 11 a.m., Wednesday, March 18, at tournament host Danville (Ill.) Area Community College, 2000 East Main Street. The Larks are guaranteed two games, playing in the second round at either 1 or 8:30 p.m., Thursday, March 19, with possible games on Friday and Saturday. See complete tournament information. Sessions are $8 for adults, $4 for students and $45 for a full tournament ticket. Children under 6 are free. Games will be live streamed via NJCAA TV, and the streaming link can also be found on the Hesston College website.

A reception for alumni, players and their families will be at 3 p.m., Wednesday, March 18, at Red Lobster, 3217 Vermillion St, Danville. President Howard Keim will give a college update and Coach Dustin Galyon will share comments on behalf of the team. Appetizers and soft drinks will be served and contributions for reception costs are welcome. RSVP by March 17 to attend. Contact the Alumni Relations office with questions toll free at 866-437-7866 or

President Howard Keim, athletic director Joel Kauffman and other college staff will be in attendance at Wednesday’s game and will visit with alumni and prospective students from 10 to 11 a.m., in the stands behind the Lark bench. Get a gift to show your Lark spirit and sit with other fans.

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Larks win big; ease into Region VI finals

The Hesston College men’s basketball team beat Highland (Kan.) CC 71-51 in the NJCAA Region VI semifinal on Tuesday, March 3.

In front of a packed Yost Center, Hesston made quick work of Highland, jumping out to an early lead (42-21 at half) and cruising to the 20-point win. The Larks shot over 50 percent in the first half and finished 25-of-52 (48.1 percent) for the game, including an 8-for-19 showing from long range.

The Hesston defense held the Scotties to just 36 percent (9-of-25) before the break and forced 22 total turnovers. Hesston’s bench played a key role, outscoring Highland 34-21. The Larks never trailed and held a 25-point lead at the 15:20 mark of the second half.

Cody Halverson (Temple, Texas) lead a balanced offensive attack with 12 points, while Austin Mitchell (Plano, Texas) and Jordan Tanner (Houston, Texas) added 11 each. Jake Hansen (Effingham, Kan.) stuffed the stat sheet with a team-high seven boards, five points, five steals and two blocks.

Hesston travels to Koch Arena on the campus of Wichita State University for the Region VI Championship at 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 7. The Larks, seeded second in the tournament, will face top-seeded Kansas City Kansas CC.

Hesston men secure first-round bye in upcoming region playoff

The Hesston College men’s basketball team earned a first-round postseason bye after defeating Ft. Scott (Kan.) CC 73-70 on Wednesday, Feb. 25. The Larks finish the regular season 20-10 (8-4 in Region VI) and will be the number-two seed in the upcoming Region VI playoff.

Ty Jordan (Houston, Texas) led a balanced offense with a team-high 11 points. Austin Mitchell (Plano, Texas) added 10. Jordan Tanner (Houston, Texas) and Peyton Thompson (Kalona, Iowa) scored nine each.

Hesston shot better than 50 percent in each half and ended 26-of-47 (55.3 percent) from the floor. The Larks bench outscored its Ft. Scott counterparts 38-13.

Larks take double-overtime thriller

The Hesston College men’s basketball team earned a stunning, come-from-behind 86-83 win in double overtime over arch-rival Brown Mackie College (Salina, Kan.) on Wednesday, Feb. 18, improving its season record to 18-10. The win moves Hesston into a second place Region VI tie at 6-4.

Jordan Tanner (Houston, Texas), back after missing several games with a knee injury, scored 25 points and grabbed 10 boards in the win. Austin Mitchell (Plano, Texas) added 16 points. Cody Halverson (Temple, Texas), Malcolm Mann (Plano, Texas) and Grant Walker (North Newton, Kan.) each scored in double figures.

In the first overtime, Brown Mackie held a four-point lead with under a minute but couldn’t connect from the free throw line to put the game away. Down two with 6.7 seconds left, Mitchell took an in-bounds pass and went coast-to-coast for the equalizer to send the game to a second extra period.

Hesston travels to Labette CC (Parsons, Kan.) for a 4 p.m. Region VI game on Saturday, Feb. 21. The Larks remain in the hunt for a first-round playoff bye and a regular season region title.

Larks come up just short in overtime thriller

The Hesston College men’s basketball team lost 84-81 in overtime to Southeast CC (Beatrice, Neb.) on Saturday, Jan. 31, dropping its season record to 15-8.

Southeast jumped out to an early 16-2 lead before Hesston’s offense mounted a comeback to pull within 33-31 at the half. The teams fought to a 70-70 tie at the end of a physical 40 minutes of play before the visitors pulled out the win in OT.

Austin Mitchell (Plano, Texas) scored 20 points and Cody Halverson (Temple, Texas) added 13 for the Larks. Michael Lindauer (Sugar Land, Texas) continued his recent strong play with a dozen points and five boards. The Hesston bench outscored Southeast 23-15.

Looking for a road win, the Larks travel to Bethel College JV (North Newton, Kan.) for a 8 p.m. tip on Tuesday, Feb. 3.

Larks depth on full display in road win

The Hesston College men’s basketball team cruised by Southeast CC (Beatrice, Neb.) 80-55 on Saturday, Jan. 24, improving its season mark to 15-6. The Larks have won eight straight.

Despite missing a pair front-court starters in Jake Hansen (Effingham, Kan.) and leading-scorer Jordan Tanner (Houston, Texas), Hesston jumped out to a 39-32 lead at the half and pulled away after intermission for the 25-point road win.

Austin Mitchell tallied a game-high 19 points on 8-of-11 shooting, while Michael Lindauer (Sugar Land, Texas) added 18 points on 8-of-9 shooting. Malcolm Mann (Plano. Texas) dished out 10 assists to along with eight points and six rebounds. Ty Jordan (Houston, Texas) scored 16 points. Hesston shot over 57 percent (31-of-54) for the game.

Atop Region VI standings with a 5-1 mark, Hesston travels to Brown Mackie College (Salina, Kan.) for an 8 p.m. showdown on Wednesday, Jan. 28.

Larks sweep season series with JCCC after big home win

The Hesston College men’s basketball team beat Johnson County CC (Overland Park, Kan.) 67-52 on Saturday, Jan. 17, improving its overall mark to 12-6 (5-1 in Region VI).

Austin Mitchell (Plano, Texas) scored 15 points while Jordan Tanner (Houston, Texas) added 14 points and eight rebounds. After being held scoreless in the first half, Jake Hansen (Effingham, Kan.) came alive by tallying 13 second-half points with seven boards. Cody Halverson (Temple, Texas) chipped in 10 points.

The Larks defense clamped down on the Cavalier offense, surrendering just 33 percent (17-of-51) from the field.

With the win over JCCC, Hesston holds at least a two-game lead over every Region VI member.

Winners of five straight and seven of its last eight, HC travels to Tabor College (Hillsboro, Kan.) for a 8 p.m. tip on Monday, Jan. 19.