Kierstin Stolley - Southwestern College Sports Information
LINDSBORG, Kan. – The Southwestern College men's basketball team won its second straight game Saturday evening in Lindsborg, Kan. The Moundbuilders topped the Bethany Swedes in Hahn Gymnasium, 91-84.
DJ Wallace, a junior forward, led all scorers with career-high 31 points. He went 12-for-20 from the floor, and 7-for-9 from the free throw line. Wallace also led the Builders with seven rebounds. Duncanville, Texas native, Cameron Hunt was right behind Wallace with 28 points of his own. Hunt added four assists and a steal. Junior Jacob Horsch was the only other Moundbuilder to reach double digits with 12 points.
Bethany's Khalid Washington led all scorers with 17 points, one of four Swedes to reach double digits.
Southwestern shot 49.2 percent (30-61) from field goal range, and 29.2 percent (7-24) behind the three-point line. After struggling with converting free-throws most of the season, the Builders shot 85.7 percent (24-28) from the free-throw line. Southwestern was out-rebounded by Bethany, 37-35.
The Swedes started off the game by scoring just 10 seconds in, but the Builders answered with five points by DJ Wallace and Cameron Hunt to give Southwestern a 5-2 edge. After staying neck-in-neck with each other, Bethany pulled ahead to 14-7 at the 14:45 mark. The Builders fought their way back into the game and an Alan Hodge bucket sparked an 8-0 run to give the Builders a 25-18 lead. With 9:08 left to play in the first half, Southwestern took another run to increase their lead to 37-23. Bethany answered back with an 11-3 run to bring the score within six points. Wallace closed out the half for Southwestern with a bucket at the 1:10 mark to help the Moundbuilders to a 47-43 halftime advantage.
The Swedes scored the first bucket of the second half, but Wallace scored the next six points for the Builders. Bethany chipped away at the lead to tie the game 57-57 at the 12:05 mark. The next eight minutes of the game was a constant back-and-forth battle between the two teams and it was tied again, 76-76 just under the four-minute mark. Southwestern pulled away from Bethany with back-to-back three-point buckets by Hodge and Hunt. The Moundbuilders finished the game on a 9-3 run over the final two minutes, and held on for the 91-84 win.
Southwestern (15-7, 8-6 KCAC) is back in action Wednesday, January 25th inside Stewart Field House. The Moundbuilders host the Kansas Wesleyan Coyotes for at 8 p.m. tip.