STERLING — The Southwestern College men’s basketball team continued an early-year road trek Monday night with a 72-49 thrashing of Sterling in KCAC action.
The Moundbuilders (7-5, 3-3 KCAC) committed 10 more turnovers in the first half than Sterling, but made up for it with hot shooting from behind the 3-point arc and a plus-11 rebounding advantage.
Southwestern forged a 34-25 lead at halftime thanks to a 7-of-12 effort from the arc and 42-percent shooting from the floor while holding the Warriors (3-11, 1-10) to just 27-percent shooting in the half.
Sterling cut the deficit to six in the first 10 minutes of the second half, drawing to within four at one point. However, leading 42-38, the Builders erupted for a 22-3 run to extend their margin.
The Southwestern defense continued solid play, holding the Warriors to 25 percent (15 of 60) from the floor in the game, including 4 of 30 from 3-point range. Sterling was just 15 of 23 from the foul line.
The Builders outrebounded Sterling 52-34, including five offensive rebounds from forward Quintin Wallace in 19 minutes of action.
Senior Troy Baker recorded a double-double with 18 points and 13 rebounds for the Builders, who shot 40.9 percent (27 of 66), including 9 of 18 from long range. Sophomore Zhahidi Robinson (15) and senior Geoffrey Salas (12) combined for 27 points off the bench. Guard Braylon Steen pulled down nine rebounds.
JaMiah Haynes led the Warriors with a 27-point, nine-rebound near double-double.
The Builders, who snapped a three-game conference losing streak, remain on the road at 8 p.m. today at Kansas Wesleyan. The Coyotes (7-5, 5-3) haven’t played since a 94-86 victory Dec. 19 at Sterling.
Southwestern defeated the Coyotes 54-49 on Nov. 4 in Winfield.
Bethany 84, Southwestern 66
LINDSBORG — Host Bethany jumped out to a 26-point lead Saturday and went on to defeat Southwestern 84-66 in KCAC play.
In just their second game in nearly two months, the Builders struggled taking care of the ball in the first half, with 14 turnovers helping the Swedes (5-5, 4-4) to build a 14-point lead in the first half.
Southwestern shot just 11 of 27 in the first half and trailed 40-26 at the break.
The second was cleaner and more efficient in shooting and taking care of the ball, but the Builders struggled to stop the Bethany offense. The Swedes connected on 6 of 12 from beyond the arc in the second half that helped to stretch their margin to as many 24 points just five minutes into the half.
Bethany’s lead grew to 26 at one point before a late Builders run helped to shrink it to 14.
The Swedes outshot Southwestern in all three statistical categories, with the Builders hitting just 5 of 15 from the foul line.
Senior Geoffrey Salas finished with a team-high 14 points, while freshman Steele Gaston-Chapman added 13 points and former ACHS standout Cooper Pierce chipped in 11.
Isiah Saenz led all scorers with 18 points for the Swedes.