ABOVE: DJ Wallace, senior forward, shoots the ball during an earlier-season game. (File photo)
By Brian Kiprotich
The number 6 ranked Southwestern College men’s basketball team got their 18th win of the 2017-2018 season against number two KCAC team Tabor. The Builders beat Tabor College 83-74 at Hillsboro inside Tabor Gymnasium.
Cameron Hunt, junior guard, led Southwestern (18-2, 11-1 KCAC) with 26 points, six rebounds and five rebounds. Jacob Horsch ended the game with 17 being 5-6 behind the arc, and Andrew Hamm added 11 points.
Southwestern shot 48.2 percent (27-56) from the floor, 43.5 percent (10-23) from three-point range. Southwestern converted 63.3 percent (19-30) of their free throws, but had 14 turnovers over tabors seven.
Tabor (9-9, 8-4 KCAC) Julian Winton who went for 26 going 10-20 on the floor with three rebounds. Alan Urrutia had 17 points and three rebounds. DeShun Patterson added 16 points.
As the game started, Southwestern went on an 11-2 run from the tip. Horsch started the game with a three-pointer as he would get the next six Southwestern points from behind the arc. At the 15-minute mark, Tabor had closed the lead to 14-10. For 3:35 minutes there were no points by either teams until Lajuan Hardy was put on the line where he made both free throws to put Southwestern up 20-12.
Horsch, who seemed to not be missing, got another three to extend the lead to 12. Southwestern maintained a 12-point lead throughout the final minutes of the first half until the final seconds when Jonmanjon Beritain of Tabor got a two pointer ending the half and bringing Tabor within 10, 44-34.
Starting out the half, the Builders knew tabor would come out fighting. Hunt’s two pointer started out the half for the Builders. Tabor was able to bring the game with in six points with 5:33 left. Hunt was able to put the lead back up to eight. Southwestern got stops on the next couple of possessions with one leading to a Lajuan three pointer on the opposite end to put Southwestern up 13 with 4:36 left.
Urrutia, who scored 17 points for Tabor, got a crucial tip in for Tabor to bring the game within 10 points. Tabor was able to bring the game within five with 17 seconds left, but after many fouls, Southwestern was put on the line and the lead grew to nine. Southwestern won 83-74.
Saturday night’s win puts Southwestern 18-2 on the season and 11-1 in Kansas Collegiate Conference play. The Moundbuilders will return to action Wednesday against Bethel for a scheduled tip off for 8 p.m. inside Stewart Field House.
Brian Kiprotich is studying business and computer information systems. You may email him at email@example.com.