In order to stay sharp, Southwestern used its off day in the conference schedule to take on powerful Southeast Nebraska in Beatrice Saturday. The result was a satisfying Spartan win, 62-53. The first half saw several lead changes, but Southwestern gaining control by one, 29-28, on the heels of two three-point goals from Marcus Littleton, and two inside baskets by Jared Theis (pictured). Meanwhile, the Spartans had focused on defensive transition, attempting to limit the high-octane Storm from easy baskets. Southwestern grabbed a nine point advantage with 10 minutes to play on the strength of two nice feeds from Marquealis Edwards to Devin Kastrup inside, but Southeast fought back to within one point, 44-43, with four minutes to play. Patrick Wright then made two big plays in succession for the Spartans, leading to a basket and rebound on the defensive end. In Southwestern’s next possession, Delby Halcomb connected on two free throws to up the lead to 48-44, at which point the Spartans used ball control and an impressive 21-24 from the free throw line to put the game out of reach.
The Spartans next play at Kirkwood Wednesday in a huge conference battle in the hunt for tournament seeds. Tip-off follows the women’s game at approximately 7:30.