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Southwestern came in at #11 in the latest NJCAA Division II rankings released on December 16. They dropped two spots after a tough road loss at NJCAA Division I Marshalltown, who is 15-3 on the season, and a home win over Southeast (NE) Community College.
The Iowa Community College Athletic Conference (ICCAC) has named Southwestern Community College's (SWCC) Jaylon Smith, sophomore, the DII Player of the Week for December 7-14, 2014.
The left hander from Memphis, TN, averaged 22 points, three rebounds, four assists, and 2.5 steals for the week. On the season, he is averaging 16.7 points, 4.25 rebounds, 2.75 assists, and 1.58 steals.
Smith has helped lead the way to a 12-2 start for the ninth ranked SWCC Spartans.
The Wartburg College JV gave the ninth ranked Spartans a scare on the road Monday, December 15 with a final score of 73-70. Jaylon Smith carried the load offensively with 28 points while Simon Joseph added 10 points. Wartburg used eight first half three pointers to keep it close at 41-32 heading into the break. They hit five more in the second half and got the rim much more than in the first half. “They (Wartburg) played very well and did a lot of things to bother us on both ends. We need to continue to improve and I think tonight opened everyone’s eyes to that,” commented Coach Todd Lorensen.
Southwestern jumped out to a quick 8-0 lead against Southeast (NE) Community College behind a pair of three’s by TJ Bower and a jumper by Jaylon Smith. The Spartans continued to control the half taking a 47-31 lead into the break on their way to a 93-75 win. “Coming off a tough loss at Marshalltown, it was great to see our guys get back to the basics of guarding and making simple plays. I felt we did a solid job of taking care of the basketball and cleaning up the defensive glass,” said Coach Todd Lorensen.