Facing a team that had knocked off three Division I teams in the early going of the season, Southwestern could not conjure enough offense to stay with Central Nebraska on the road Tuesday night, dropping the contest 81-55. A cold start from the floor overshadowed a nice defensive effort early on for Southwestern. The Raiders were primarily scoring on transition off turnovers or offensive putbacks on rebounds. The Spartans made an uncharacteristic 11 turnovers in the half, which is around their game average.
In the second half, Southwestern controlled defensive rebounds better and took care of the ball, and looked much more efficient in their offensive attacks. The damage had been done, however, and the lead was too great to overcome at that stage. Southwestern got a nice game from Larry Mason, who made some strong basket attacks and was turnover free for the game. Matt Orchard, moving well without the ball, benefitted from several good cuts and finishes to the basket as well. Nikola Drobnjak had his best minutes of the year for the Spartans off the bench.
Southwestern will next host Southeast Nebraska at home Saturday, November 30. Tip is scheduled for 3 p.m.