MASON CITY | The NIACC men were faced with a tall order on Saturday as the Trojans put their perfect 4-0 start to the season on the line against a tall and athletic Iowa Western team.
With a 6-foot-11 center and three other players at 6-9, 6-8 and 6-7, the Reivers gave the Trojans very little wiggle room for mistakes if NIACC was going to stay in the game.
What didn’t help the Trojans was when Iowa Western shot nearly 56 percent from the floor in the first half — including 69.2 percent on three-pointers — as the Reivers cruised to a 115-65 win.
For the game, Iowa Western shot 54.4 percent from the floor and 60.7 percent on 28 three-point attempts.
NIACC hung with Iowa Western for much of the first half — the Trojans trailed by just two at 27-25 more than nine minutes into the game, but the Reivers put together a 13-2 run and a 16-2 run over the final minutes of the first half to take a comfortable 20-point advantage at half.
An 8-0 Iowa Western run over a four-minute span of the second half effectively put the game out of reach, and both teams turned to their benches for most of the final 10 minutes.
Jaycob Payne and Harrison Mills scored 10 points apiece to lead NIACC.
Mac Skogen finished with seven points and seven rebounds.
Patrick Dembley led Iowa Western with 27.
NIACC (4-1) returns to action today when it travels to Waverly to face the Wartburg College junior varsity.