Century-Mark Opener

Southwestern College junior guard Cooper Pierce, former Arkansas City High School standout, puts up a one-handed floater Tuesday night against Spurgeon College at Stewart Field House. The Builders opened the 2020-21 schedule with a 109-67 victory.

The Southwestern College men’s basketball team opened the season Tuesday night with a 109-67 victory against Spurgeon College at Stewart Field House.

It was the start of a new look for the Moundbuilders (1-0), who lost four of five starters from their 23-8 season a year ago.

Southwestern led just 48-44 at halftime due in part to hot shooting by the Knights from 3-point range. Spurgeon connected on 42 percent from beyond the arc and 49 percent from the floor, while Southwestern shot 53 percent from the floor and just 28.6 percent from long range.

The Builders finally broke the game open with an 18-3 run midway through the second half to turn a four-point lead into 19 at 76-57.

Southwestern then tallied 16 of the next 18 points, making it a 34-5 run to pull away.

After a hot-shooting performance from the Knights in the first half, the Builders allowed just 4-of-22 shooting from behind the arc in the second half. The Knights were just 9 of 39 from the floor in the half.

The Builders also nearly doubled up the Knights on the glass, outrebounding them 50-26.

Southwestern was 23-of-34 shooting in the second half, finishing 60 percent from the floor.

Junior Braylon Steen scored 13 of his game-high 25 points in the first half, finishing 10 of 14 from the floor. Senior Geoffrey Salas added 23 points, including five treys. Juniors Tony Kinser and Jake Haertl were both a perfect 6 of 6 from the floor, tallying 16 and 13 points, respectively. Kinser also added five blocks in just 21 minutes of action.

Jamie Juncal finished with 19 points and Brett Smith added 18 for the Knights. Jude Warren chipped in 14 points, but the trio combined for just 20-of-50 shooting from the floor.

Southwestern’s bench outscored Spurgeon’s 26-4.

The Builders were slated to play Calvary Bible at home Friday night.

Changes were made to the men’s and women’s basketball schedule.

Both the men and women were scheduled to play at home Friday against Barclay College, but those games were canceled.

The Lady Builders open the season at 5 p.m. Monday against Bacone College, with the men’s game following at 7 p.m.


CourierTraveler sports editor Joey Sprinkle contributed to this report.


Southwestern 109, Spurgeon 67


Jamie Juncal 7-15 1-2 19, Brett Smith 7-16 1-2 18, Jude Warren 6-19 1-2 14, Braden Chapman 3-11 0-0 9, Jackson Mohn 1-6 0-0 3, Brennan Jackson 2-3 0-0 4, Silas Wertz 0-4 0-0 0, Larry Crawford 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-74 3-6 67.


Braylon Steen 10-14 4-6 25, Geoffrey Salas 8-18 2-3 23, Tony Kinser 6-6 4-5 16, Noah Webster 3-6 6-6 13, Troy Baker 3-7 0-0 6, Jake Haertl 6-6 0-1 13, Steele Gaston-Chapman 2-6 0-0 5, Cooper Pierce 2-4 0-0 4, Anthony Hickman 1-1 0-0 2, Quintin Wallace 1-2 0-0 2, Paul Fiorentino 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 42-70 16-21 109.


Halftime: Southwestern 48-44. 3-Point goals: Spurgeon 12-41 (Juncal 4-7, Chapman 3-9, Smith 3-10, Mohn 1-4, Warren 1-9, Jackson 0-1, Wertz 0-1); Southwestern 9-24 (Salas 5-11, Haertl 1-1, Webster 1-2, Steen 1-3, Gaston-Chapman 1-4, Pierce 0-1, Baker 0-2). Rebounds: Spurgeon 26 (Juncal 6); Southwestern 50 (Baker 13). Assists: Spurgeon 13 (Smith 4); Southwestern 20 (Webster 8). Steals: Spurgeon 9 (Warren 3); Southwestern 7 (Salas 2, Gaston-Chapman 2). Blocks: Spurgeon 0; Southwestern 7 (Kinser 5). Turnovers: Spurgeon 17, Southwestern 18. Fouled out: None. Total fouls: Spurgeon 21, Southwestern 14.

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