ABOVE: DJ Wallace, senior guard, shoots the ball during an early season game. (File photo)
By Brian Kiprotich
The No. 6 ranked Southwestern College men’s basketball team got its fourth win in a row Wednesday night. The Builders got off to a strong start from the beginning as the Moundbuilders defeated Bethany College, 67-57 in Lindsborg.
Cameron Hunt, junior guard, led the way as he got the Builders (17-2, 10-1) on the scoreboard first with a three pointer. Hunt ended the game with 24 points, going 6 for 16 on the floor, and added four rebounds, two assists, and one block. DJ Wallace, senior forward, recorded a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds with also one assist. Jacob Horsch, senior guard, ended the game with nine points going 3-7 behind the arc.
As Southwestern College defense was tough to score on, Bethany (6-13, 2-9) lead scorer Tyler Larkin had 14 points to end the game, going 5 for 25 with eight rebounds and seven assists.
Southwestern College shot 35 percent (23-65) on the floor, and 29 percent (7-24) behind the arc. The Moundbuilders reached 66 percent (14-21) for their free throws. Southwestern College got 14 points off turnovers and recorded 11 blocks. This comes after a game where they recorded nine blocks against Friends University. The 11 blocks also broke the school record of 10 set against Kansas Wesleyan on Feb. 6, 2016.
From the tip, Southwestern had control of the game as Hunt hit a three to start of the game. Bethany scored next possession but that would be their only basket for almost three minutes as the Moundbuilders went on a 7-2 run. Horsch put up his first three to put the Builders up 10-6. Tyler Larkin of Bethany returned the favor as he put up his own three to put the game within one. Lajuan got his first 2 points which led to a 10-3 run. As the score was 21-7 Horsch shot a three pointer to put builders up 24-17. Kyrece Mills, junior guard, was playing hard throughout the game as he was diving on the floor and getting offensive rebounds.
With 5:28 left in the half Myron Fisher, senior guard, got his first three points pushing the lead to 27-17. As the game went on it was evident Southwestern College was playing tough defense leading Bethany to put up shots late on the shot clock. Hunt soared as he got the dunk to put Southwestern up 32-18. Hunt closed out the half with another two pointers to give Southwestern the 36-25 advantage.
Coming from halftime Bethany wanted to close out the lead early and they did just that as they went on a 9-2 run to bring them within three. Andrew Hamm, sophomore guard, hit a three to push the lead 42-35 with 15:05 left in the game.
Neither teams scored until Jacob Horsch nailed a three to put Southwestern up 10, but Bethany came back and hit up one of their own. Cameron hunt and Dj Wallace took charge as they scored eight Moundbuilder points to keep the lead at 10.
Even though Lajuan at times looked struggling, he hit a three to put Southwestern up 11 with 6:50 left. Hunt made a strong drive to the basket as he made the shot and got the foul putting him on the line. With two minutes left in the game southwestern was up 11, but Bethany would not back down as they got multiple offensive rebounds leading to a Bethany score to bring the game down to nine with 1:13 left. A Wallace free throw put the lead back at 10. Bethany came next possession and hit a three with .49 seconds left. As Bethany could only try to make Southwestern miss free throws the game ended with a 67-57 win.
With Wednesday night’s win, the Moundbuilders improve to a 17-2 record on the season and 10-1 in conference play. The Moundbuilders will face Tabor at Hillsboro with tip off set at seven PM.
Brian Kiprotich is studying business and computer information systems. You may email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.