Men’s Basketball News Archive 2014-2015

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.

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.

Larks extend region lead with home win

The Hesston College men’s basketball earned a 73-63 win over Kansas City Kansas CC on Monday, Jan. 12, improving its overall record to 11-6. The Larks have won four straight.

Five Hesston players scored in double figures, led by freshman guard Ty Jordan’s (Houston, Texas) 18 points on 5-for-8 shooting. Austin Mitchell (Plano, Texas) and Jake Hansen (Effingham, Kan.) added a dozen points each, while Jordan Tanner (Houston, Texas) and Cody Halverson (Temple, Texas) chipped in 11 apiece. Malcolm Mann (Plano, Texas) dished out six assists against no turnovers.

“That was a typical region battle,” said Hesston coach Dustin Galyon. “I was very pleased with our defensive intensity. We executed our schemes and the guys really communicated well on the defensive end. In the second half we really valued the basketball and I thought we were more patient in the half court.”

Sitting atop Region VI with a 4-1 mark, the Larks host Johnson County CC (Overland Park) at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 17.

Larks in good position after big first half

The Hesston College men’s basketball team ended its fall semester with a 9-6 overall record including a Region VI-leading 3-1 mark.

Hesston closed the fall term by winning four of its last five games, including region wins against Highland (Kan.) CC at home (64-62 on Nov. 25) and Johnson County CC (Overland Park) on the road (59-57 on Dec. 3). The win at Johnson County, number two in Region VI standings, coupled with Hesston’s Nov. 12 win over third-place Labette CC (Parsons, Kan.), has the Larks in good shape as the second half nears.

Sophomore Jordan Tanner enjoyed a monster first half, as the forward from Houston averaged 16.7 points and 7.3 rebounds in less than 27 minutes per game. Tanner connected on 60.7 percent from the floor.

Sophomore point guard Malcolm Mann (Plano, Texas) filled the stat sheet with 9.2 points, 5.6 rebounds and four assists per contest. Austin Mitchell (Plano, Texas), also a sophomore, contributed 10.8 points per game. Freshman Cody Halverson (Temple, Texas) added 9.5 points per game and a team-high 27 three-pointers.

Hesston returns to Yost Center for a Region VI matchup with Kansas City Kansas CC at 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 12.

Larks end fall semester in style

The Hesston College men’s basketball team gave itself an early Christmas present by handling Central Christian JV (McPherson, Kan.) 87-54 on Saturday, Dec. 6, to close its fall semester schedule on a good note.

Five Hesston players scored in double-figures, led by Jordan Tanner (Houston, Texas), who went a perfect 7-for-7 from the field en route to a game-high 23 points. Jake Hansen (Effingham, Kan.) added 15 points and eight rebounds. Ty Jordan (Houston, Texas) scored a dozen points and had four assists and three steals. Cody Halverson (Temple, Texas) and Chris Welle-Knox (Pearland, Texas) added 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Hesston Men’s Basketball has won four of its last five to finish fall term with a 9-6 mark. The Larks are 3-1 in Region VI with eight region games remaining.

Larks score road win at Johnson County

The Hesston College men’s basketball team earned a come-from-behind 59-57 win at Johnson County CC on Wednesday, Dec. 3, improving its record to 8-6.

Down seven (35-28) at the break and trailing by 10 early in the second half, the Larks staged a rally to quickly get back in the game. Three consecutive buckets by Jake Hansen (Effingham, Kan.) gave Hesston a 45-42 lead with 11 minutes to play. The game remained close down the stretch, with Larks’ sophomore post Jordan Tanner (Houston, Texas) providing the final basket with 18 seconds to play.

Tanner finished with another double-double (17 points, 10 rebounds), his fourth of the year. Hansen and Austin Mitchell (Plano, Texas) scored 10 points each.

The Larks look to finish the fall semester on a high note when they host Central Christian JV for a 4 p.m. tip on Saturday, Dec. 6.

NOC Enid gets by Larks

The Hesston College men’s basketball team suffered a 72-66 setback to Northern Oklahoma College (Enid) on Saturday, Nov. 29, dropping the Larks to 7-6 on the year.

Malcolm Mann (Plano, Texas) and Jordan Tanner (Houston, Texas) scored a dozen points each to lead Hesston. Mann added five rebounds and four assists. Tanner blocked six shots and grabbed five boards.

Hesston travels to Johnson County CC (Overland Park, Kan.) for a 7:30 p.m. tip on Wednesday, Dec. 3.

Larks win by 20; improve to 7-5

The Hesston College men’s basketball team improved its season record to 7-5 with a convincing 70-50 home win over Tabor College JV (Hillsboro, Kan.) on Friday, Nov. 28.

Jordan Tanner (Houston, Texas) continued his solid play with 24 points and 15 rebounds, both game highs. Tanner converted on 10-of-11 from the floor and blocked four shots. Through a dozen games the sophomore is shooting over 58 percent (80-of-137) from the field and averaging 16.5 points and 7.4 rebounds per game.

Malcolm Mann (Plano,. Texas) added a double-double of his own by scoring 12 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Mann added five assists and four steals with just two turnovers.

The Larks out-rebounded Tabor 44-23 and held a 37-24 halftime lead. The Larks tip at 4 p.m. against Northern Oklahome College (Enid) on Saturday, Nov. 29.

Larks dump Sterling JV; improve to 5-3

The Hesston College men’s basketball team routed Sterling (Kan.) College JV 90-55 Saturday, Nov. 15. improving its season mark to 5-3. Hesston shot over 50 percent (35-of-68) from the floor in the win.

Jordan Tanner (Houston, Texas) continued his torrid start to the year with 19 points and nine rebounds. The sophomore is averaging over 17 points per game through the Larks’ first eight contests.

Freshman Ty Jordan (Houston, Texas) had a big night off the bench for the Larks; scoring 18 points to go along with six rebounds and four assists. Austin Mitchell (Plano, Texas) tallied 16 points. Cody Halverson (Temple, Texas) added 11 points.

Hesston travels to Ft. Scott (Kan.) CC for a key early-season Region VI matchup at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 19.

Tanner’s double-double leads Hesston past Labette for Region VI win

The Hesston College men’s basketball team opened region play with a 85-78 home win over Labette CC on Wednesday, Nov. 12. The Larks improve to 4-2 with the win.

Sophomore post Jordan Tanner (Houston, Texas) connected on 7-of-10 shots from the floor and 11-of-13 from the free throw line for a team-high 25 points. Tanner’s big night also included a game-high 14 rebounds and seven blocks. Austin Mitchell (Plano, Texas) added 22 points and four assists, while point guard Malcolm Mann (Plano, Texas) scored 16 points and handed out five assists.

The Larks shot 45.3 percent (29-of-64) from the field and 72.2 percent (26-of-36) from the line. Hesston led 46-31 at the break.

Hesston hosts NJCAA Div. I power Hutchinson (Kan.) CC at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 14.

College thanks local community with free event

Hesston College will host its annual Community Night during early season home basketball games on Wednesday, Nov. 12. The teams will face Region VI foe Labette Community College, Parsons, Kan., with women’s tip off at 6 p.m. and the men at 8 p.m. in Yost Center. Admission is free for all.

The evening will include performances from the Hesston High School dance teams, and pep bands from Hesston High and Hesston College. Free basic haircuts by 2003 Hesston College alumna Christy Pickerill of Snip n’ Clip Hair Shop, Newton, Kan., a pop-a-shot game for kids, halftime contests and Larks tattoos will add to the fun.

“We have a great evening of entertainment and athletic competition lined up,” said Director of Alumni and Church Relations Dallas Stutzman. “We hope this free event is a small way to say thanks for the support that is given to the college and its athletic programs from alumni and the community each year.”

In addition, the Admissions office will host high school students for a Faith and Sports devotional and pizza supper led by men’s basketball coach Dustin Galyon at 6:30 p.m. in Bontrager Student Center on the Hesston campus. All Hesston area youth are invited, either with their church youth group or individually. RSVP to the Admissions office by Tuesday, Nov. 11 at 620-327-4221 or