ABOVE: Cameron Hunt, senior guard, dunks the ball during the McPherson game Thursday night. Hunt led the team in scoring with 40 points and was named Southwestern’s all-time scoring leader during the women’s half time. Hunt achieved this honor at the Jan. 21 Builder win at Kansas Wesleyan. (Tessa Castor/Staff photographer)
By Tessa Castor
The men’s basketball team took on the McPherson Bulldogs at 8 p.m. Jan. 24 in Stewart Field House.
Leading the Builder scoreboard was Cameron Hunt, senior guard, with 40 points. Brent Smith, senior center, led in rebounds with 13. Jarehn White, junior guard, and Hunt tied in assists with five each.
“When I got in, I just loved the game itself,” said Kenyatta Sewell, sophomore guard. “Hearing the fans cheer just excites me even more because I know it’s my friends and teammates hyping me up. It’s just an exciting space to be in.”
The game started quickly, with the Builders scoring 27 points in the first 10 minutes. The Builders scored 10 three-pointers with just three minutes left in the first half, giving everyone in the crowd vouchers for free cheese from Neives’ Mexican Restaurant for the “3s for Cheese” promotion. The first half ended with a Builder lead of 55-33.
“Tonight was another opportunity for us to get better as a team,” said Jarehn White, junior guard. “We clicked on all cylinders tonight and we are going to stay focused and bring that energy to Friends on Saturday.”
Halftime excitement rose when Cooper Spears, communication sophomore, won the Graves Drug “Halftime Shoot-Out” promotion by making a layup, free throw, three-pointer and half-court shot. Spears was awarded a PlayStation 4 for this accomplishment, courtesy of Graves Drug.
During the second half, the Builders surpassed 100 points, giving everyone in the crowd vouchers for $1 coffee at College Hill Coffee, another promotion.
As the second half continued, the Bulldogs fell further behind the Builders.
“Tonight we played great team defense and that’s something we really try to make a habit for all of our upcoming games,” said Greg McCoy, junior center.
The game ended with a Builder win and final score of 114-69. This win brings the team to an overall record of 20-2 and KCAC record of 16-2.
“It was a great team game overall for us,” said Sewell. “I think we played great on defense and jumped on them early, which led to easy offense for us as a unit. Everyone was contributing on both ends and had stats that didn’t show up in the box score.”
“We played very well tonight on both ends of the floor,” said Matt O’Brien, head coach. “It was exciting to see our entire team contribute to the win.”
The Builders will play again at 7 p.m. Jan. 26 at Friends University in Wichita. The game may be watched live at https://portal.stretchinternet.com/friends/.
Tessa Castor is a junior majoring in English. You may email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.