Kierstin Stolley - Southwestern Sports Information
STERLING, Kan. – The Southwestern College men's basketball team defeated Sterling College Saturday evening. The Moundbuilders topped the Warriors, 86-76, inside the Gleason Center in Sterling.
DJ Wallace led the Moundbuilders with 22 points. The Duncanville, Texas, native went 5-for-10 from the floor and converted 12 of his 13 free-throws. Wallace had one assist and two steals. Sophomore Cameron Hunt trailed Wallace with 21 points and 9 rebounds. Hunt put up six assists and two steals on the night. Myron Fisher put up 17 points on the night. The Allen, Texas native also had seven rebounds. Maize, Kan. native, Jacob Horsch was the only other Builder to put up double digits with 11 points.
Fayola Oyatayo of Sterling led all scorers with 25 points.
Southwestern shot 50 percent from the floor (30-for-60) and 33.3 percent (10-for-30) from behind the three-point line. The Builders converted 84.2 percent (16-for-19) of their free-throws, and out-rebounded Sterling 40-29.
The first half started with a Sterling bucket, but Southwestern answered with a 7-2 run that gave the Moundbuilders a 7-4 lead at the 16:25 mark. Neither team was able to gain an advantage over the next four minutes. DJ Wallace converted two free-throws to give Southwestern a 16-15 edge with 12:20 left to play, but the battle continued. At the 6:30 mark, the Builders went on a 9-4 run, and took a 33-29 lead with 3:14 to play. But Sterling scored the next nine points of the half on its way to a 38-33 halftime lead.
Wallace scored the first bucket of the second half, but Sterling used an 8-2 run to take a 46-37 lead at the 16:18 mark. Back-to-back buckets by Hunt helped spark a 15-8 Southwestern run that helped the Moundbuilders close the gap. With 11:27 left in the game, the Builders trailed 54-52. Another Sterling bucket was followed by eight-straight Southwestern points, that gave the Builders a 60-56 edge with just under nine minutes left to go. Three minutes later, at the 5:52 mark, Southwestern held a 67-64 lead, but Wallace converted an old-fashioned three-point play, and Barrington Hunter and Jacob Horsch drained back-to-back triples that gave the Moundbuilders a 76-64 lead with just over four minutes remaining. Sterling scored two more buckets, but Myron Fisher answered with back-to-back triples to push the lead to 82-68 with 2:30 remaining. Sterling scored eight points over the next two minutes, but four made free-throws by Wallace secured the 86-76 final margin of victory for Southwestern.
Southwestern is back home on Thursday, February 9th to host Tabor College. Tip-off is at 8 p.m. inside historic Stewart Field House.