Builders move up to fourth place following home victory

Sophomore College junior guard Geoff Salas squares up on the perimeter against Kansas Wesleyan guard James Brooks during Thursday night’s KCAC battle in Stewart Field House.

The Southwestern College men’s basketball team leaped back into the top four of the KCAC standings on Thursday following a 95-87 home win against Kansas Wesleyan at Stewart Field House.

The Moundbuilders (20-7, 14-7) drained 8 of 13 baskets from 3-point range in the first half, but it was Kansas Wesleyan with the largest lead to that point with seven.

Southwestern closed the first half on a 26-14 run capped by a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from senior Jarehn White to give the Builders a 43-38 lad at the break.

The first 10 minutes of the second half was all Southwestern.

The Moundbuilders grew their lead to as big as 22 points with a 27-10 start to the half.

The Coyotes (16-10 (13-8) rattled off 12 straight points to cut the deficit to 10 with less than eight minutes to play.

KWU eventually trimmed the deficit to as low as seven, but the Moundbuilders were successful in closing it out, finishing 11 of 14 from the foul line in the final seven minutes. Southwestern shot 51 percent from the floor, including 52 percent from behind the 3-point line.

Senior Andrew Hamm’s 3-pointer with 5 1/2 minutes to go stretched a seven-point lead back to double figures. Hamm led the Builders with 22 points on 8-of-17 shooting, including 50 percent from deep.

Four other Builders cracked double figures, with junior Geoff Salas adding 19 points off the bench. Junior Troy Baker recorded a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds, while White hit five treys and 15-points. Junior Noah Webster added 11 points and four assists off the bench.

The victory snapped a tie with the Coyotes and moved Southwestern into fourth place in the KCAC.

The Builders play two of their last three remaining games on the road, starting with a 7 p.m. tilt today at Bethany.

 

Southwestern 95, KS Wesleyan 87

KANSAS WESLEYAN (16-10 (13-8)

Andre Harris 0-0 0-0 0, Brayden White 1-7 0-0 3, Dylan Hahn 5-8 0-0 14, James Brooks 1-6 0-0 3, Zay Wilson 0-0 0-0 0, AJ Range 3-7 3-4 10, Brendon Ganaway 12-17 3-3 31, Savian Edwards 1-2 2-2 4, Daekwon Gross 1-3 1-2 3, Trey Duffey 1-3 0-0 2, Peyton Hatter 8-15 0-0 17. Totals 33-68 9-11 87.

SOUTHWESTERN (20-7, 14-7)

Andrew Hamm 8-17 2-2 22, Jarehn White 5-10 0-0 15, Geoff Salas 6-12 5-6 19, Lorenzo Martinez 2-2 0-0 4, Noah Webster 3-7 3-4 11, Ahmad Pratt 1-3 3-4 6, Anthony Hickman 0-0 0-0 0, Troy Baker 3-4 6-8 12, Quintin Wallace 2-4 2-2 6. Totals 30-59 21-26 95.

 

Halftime: Southwestern 43-38. 3-Point goals: KWU 12-26 (White 1-5, Hahn 4-5, Brooks 1-4, Range 1-1, Ganaway 4-6, Hatter 1-5); Southwestern 14-27 (Hamm 4-8, White 5-9, Salas 2-4, Webster 2-3, Pratt 1-3). Rebounds: KWU 29 (Range 7, Hatter 7); Southwestern 37 (Baker 12). Assists: KWU 11 (3 with 2); Southwestern 19 (White 5). Steals: KWU 7 (Hahn 2, Edwards 2); Southwestern 4 (4 with 1). Blocks: KWU 1 (Wilson); Southwestern 5 (Baker 4). Turnovers: KWU 8, Southwestern 12. Fouled out: Hahn Gross. Total fouls: KWU 19, Southwestern 14.

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