ABOVE: Cameron Hunt, senior guard, prepares for a layup in the Kansas Wesleyan University game on Nov. 29. Hunt recently reached the 2,000 point mark in his basketball career at SC. He is the second Builder basketball player to do so. “It was a great defensive team, but we knew that going into the game,” said Hunt. “We just tried to stay postive for 40 minutes.” (Tessa Castor/Staff photographer)

By Qae Clark

Staff reporter

The Builder basketball team took on the Kansas Wesleyan Coyotes at 8 p.m. Nov. 29.

The Coyotes took an early 8-2 lead. An early first half standout player for the Coyotes was Brandon White, sophomore guard, and an early standout player for the Builders was Andrew Hamm, junior guard. After multiple substitutions, the Moundbuilders had some players come off the bench and bring energy.

The Coyotes went on a nice run in the first half and extended their lead to 24-17. A late first half standout for the Southwestern Moundbuilders was Cameron Hunt, senior guard. To end the first half, Hunt drove to the lane and had a two-point play to bring flip the score toward the Builders at 40-34. The Moundbuilders ended the half on top.

“They are a very good defensive team,” said Brent Smith, senior center. “They made us a little uncomfortable throughout the whole game. Our strategy was to keep running, rebound, and get points in transition.”

To start the second half, AJ Range, sophomore forward, had an easy layup to make the score 40-36. Both teams started scoring back-to-back.

The Coyotes started to bring more energy. After trading baskets, Simpson Anderson, senior guard, made a three-pointer to bring the score to 53-50 Builders. The Moundbuilders went on a run and extended the lead to 68-57. The game ended with a Builder victory and the final score was 71-63.

The leading scorers for the builders were Hamm with 18 and Hunt with 17. The leading scorers for the Coyotes were Marquis Kraemer with 17 and Ithello Cross with 13.

“I’m proud of our team for coming up with the energy on the defensive end to beat a good KW team after playing the night before,” said Matt O’Brien, head coach. “Andrew Hamm gave us the spark we needed on the offensive end.”

Qae Clark is a freshman majoring in communication. You may email him at qaeshon.clark@sckans.edu.