ABOVE: Kyrece Mills, junior guard, looks to pass to a teammate during the game against the Blue Jays. The Builders beat Tabor 81-76. (Tessa Castor/Staff photographer).
The 13th ranked Southwestern Moundbuilders (7-0, 1-0) faced off against 16th ranked Tabor Blue Jays (1-4, 0-1) in the KCAC season opener, as Moundbuilders earned their first conference victory in a close one 81-76.
It was a fast start for Cameron Hunt, junior guard, opening up the first half with 16 points with seven minutes remaining, and finishing with a game high 27 points.
“I was trying to be aggressive, and play my game,” Hunt says. “I knew this was going to be a tough one, I feel like this is the game of the passing of the torch, so I wanted to send a statement and be aggressive early.”
A milestone was achieved with DJ Wallace, senior forward, scoring his 1,000th career point. Wallace finished the game with 24 points.
“Being a part of that club is big, and being here 4 years it wasn’t something that I could do, but I accomplished it,” Wallace explaining what is like to score 1,000 points. “I just give all thanks to God, and glory be to God for that.”
Southwestern trailed by one point with 16 minutes left in the first half. Once they took the lead they never looked back by not trailing again for the remainder of the game. Although, Tabor managed to tie the game at 73 late in the second half they were never able to take the lead from Southwestern.
“I think the big thing for us is to stick together and focus on the next play, and I thought we did a pretty good job of that,” Matt O’Brien, head basketball coach, says. “We made some mistakes, but we didn’t get too low as you’ve seen in the past.”
The Moundbuilders shot 49% from the field for the game, whereas Tabor shot 44% for the game but for Tabor their damage came in the second half shooting 60% from the floor. The biggest difference maker came from beyond the arc, Southwestern shot 38% making eight of 21 three point attempts. Tabor just couldn’t find the range as they shot 7% only making one three pointer on 15 shots.
The Moundbuilders will play the Sterling College Warriors (2-4, 0-1) next on Saturday, Nov. 18 at 5 pm in Winfield, at Stewart Field House.
Tanner Carlson is a senior majoring in communication. You may contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.