MASON CITY – Nick Wurm may feel a little extra pressure this season when he takes the court for the NIACC basketball team.
The sophomore from Adelaide South Australia is the only member of the Trojans who saw appreciable court time last season, and as such, Nick is looked to for the veteran leadership that only a veteran could provide.
“It’s a different role,” Wurm said. “I’m comfortable taking these guys under my wing.”
Wurm did just that on Saturday as NIACC overcame a spirited effort from Bay College and pulled off a 93-87 win in overtime on the final day of the Konigsmark Klassic basketball tournament.
Wurm, who netted a team-high 28 points, had eight in an overtime session that saw the Trojans outscored the Norse 17-11.
After a slow start, NIACC seemed poised to run away with the game, but Bay College trimmed a 15-point first-half Trojan lead to just four by halftime.
The Norse continued their run early in the second half, but after the 12-minute mark, neither team was able to build a lead of more than five points.
Bay took a one-point lead on a free throw by Kobi Lumsden-Barnes with 10.6 seconds remaining in regulation, but Wurm tied it with a free-throw with 4.1 seconds left to force the overtime period.
“The kids showed a lot of tenacity,” NIACC coach Mark Mohl said. “We have tremendous kids, and tremendous kids play hard.”
In addition to his 28 points, Wurm also had a team-high four assists.
Orrington Hamilton, a freshman guard from Naples, Fla., added 14 points, including a huge three-point shot in overtime and a pair of free throws with less than a minute remaining.
Hollis Hardwick had 10 points and seven rebounds off the bench.
Raymond Harding had nine points – all in the second half – and Jaycob Payne had seven points and 10 rebounds for NIACC>
Mac Skogen, a freshman from Mason City, had six points and three rebounds off the bench.
Dre’ Tuominen led Bay College with 28 points, 23 of which came after halftime.
While the 2-0 start is exactly what Mohl was looking for, the veteran coach knows that his team still has some growing to do in the early part of the season.
“We’ve got to get better offensively,” Mohl said. “Our motion offense needs to improve and we have to work on the little things.”
NIACC (2-0) faces Milwaukee Area Tech on Friday at Ellswort.