Southwestern played its game throughout a holiday weekend contest, giving itself a chance to win, but fell to 12-1 Southeast Nebraska, 65-60. Southwestern took a 34-27 advantage to half behind a torrid offensive performance from Mataika Koyamainavure and big defensive rebounds from Larry Mason (pictured) and Jared Theis.
The biggest difference for the Spartans in the second half was their possession of the ball. The Spartans ballooned from three turnovers in the first half to nine in the second half, and they proved costly as Southeast benefitted with two run-outs off the miscues to get them back into the game and eventually the lead. The Spartans also missed three key free throws down the stretch.
Trailing by three with 45 seconds, the Spartans elected to guard rather than foul due to the strong free-throw percentages for the Storm on the floor. The Spartans knocked the ball out of bounds with one second on the shot clock and ten on the game clock. Southwestern then failed to communicate a hand-off and Southeast was able to knock in a mid-range jumper to put the game out of reach.
Southwestern next plays Wednesday, December 4, in Des Moines against Grand View. Tip is scheduled for 7 p.m.