ABOVE: Andrew Hamm, sophomore guard, dribbles to the lane and tries to score a layup. (Scott Nuss/Southwestern Sports Information)
By Tanner Carlson
The No. 4 Southwestern Moundbuilders season ended, losing in the Sweet 16 round against No. 1 Cornerstone Golden Eagles 92-73.
The Moundbuilders opened the game with a 10-2 run. They would maintain the lead until three minutes remaining in the first half, when Cornerstone would take their first lead 36-35. They finished the first half on a 9-1 run, leading 45-36.
The second half proved to be more of the same. Southwestern could not cut into the lead Cornerstone had created in the first half. Any time the Moundbuilders scored, the Golden Eagles responded with a bucket of their own. It seemed as though Cornerstone had an answer for everything the Moundbuilders threw at them.
Cameron Hunt, junior guard, led Southwestern in scoring with 25 points. DJ Wallace, senior forward, got caught in foul trouble early, yet still managed to lead the Moundbuilders in rebounds with seven and assists with six.
Michael Bradshaw, senior guard, led Cornerstone in scoring with 25 points, followed by Kyle Steigenga, senior guard, who finished with 21. Sam Vander Sluis, junior center, ended his night with a double-double putting in 17 points and controlling the boards with 14 rebounds.
The loss ends Southwestern’s season at 27-8. The KCAC champions will bid farewell to seniors Myron Fisher, Jacob Horsch, DJ Wallace and Andrei St. Vistal, who are slated to graduate this May.
Tanner Carlson is a senior majoring in communication. You may email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.