In Mason City Saturday, February 22, Southwestern battled into halftime trailing 31-27, but could not maintain its defensive energy in the second half, succumbing to North Iowa Area, 78-59. Foul differential plagued the Spartans in both halves, as the Trojans attempted 29 free throws to eight by Southwestern. Consistent pressure forced turnovers from an otherwise efficient offense for the Spartans; however, defensive rebounding was eventually exploited. Where the Spartans allowed only three offensive rebounds in the first half, North Iowa Area grabbed 16 second chances in the second frame.
Tanner Kellogg grabbed 10 total rebounds on the evening for Southwestern. Nick Lenhard handed out seven assists. Elliott Hamdeed was an efficient 7-11 from the floor and 5-7 from the line. Southwestern next plays a makeup game with Clinton Tuesday. The game is in Clinton and tip is scheduled for 7 p.m.