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Created: Tuesday, December 13, 2011 1:24 pm

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Keenan Joiner led Southwestern rebounders with 7 in the game.

Taking their best shot at upsetting a Division I foe, Southwestern ran stride for stride with Marshalltown for 30 minutes before succumbing to the size and strength of the Tiger’s front line.  Down 31-30 at half, the Spartans grabbed a 41-37 advantage with just over 15 minutes to go in the second half.  Then, Marshalltown forced key misses and banged the offensive glass for a total of 17 offensive rebounds, allowing them to take control of the game on the way to a 75-57 win.  Head Coach Mike Holmes said, "The execution of our defensive plan was very good, and we attacked a good, active zone rather efficiently.  When good shots don’t fall and they get over half of the defensive rebound opportunities, upset bids fall short."

Southwestern moves to 6-6 on the season and next plays nationally-ranked Central Nebraska in Columbus December 14 at 7 p.m.

Created: Monday, December 5, 2011 10:17 am

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The SWCC Spartans hosted the Graceland JV Yellow Jackets Saturday afternoon. During the first half the score stayed close, but the second half was a different story. Going into half time, the score was 31-25, Spartans lead. Three pointers were the key for the Yellow Jackets in the first half, but in the second half, the Spartans were able to shut that down.

Three minutes into the second half, the score stood at 37-30, Spartans still ahead. During the next five minutes, the Spartans offense grew much faster paced. With everyone cutting in and out of the lane, the Spartans started racking up points from layups. The Spartans' defense forced many fast break points as well. Ending the game with a final score of 86-43, it was a job well done by the Spartans.

Read more: Spartans Win Big Over Graceland at Home

Created: Thursday, December 1, 2011 11:15 am

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The Spartans took on the North Central Missouri Pirates on Wednesday evening, November 30. In a fast paced first half the Spartans took a 38-24 lead into the locker room. According to Head coach Mike Holmes, it seemed like a completely different team came out for the second half.

Four minutes into the second half the Spartan’s lead was already shrinking, 42-36, and it kept slipping away deep into the game. With only three minutes left on the clock, the Pirates took the lead 66-70. They then extended their late lead by hitting two crucial three pointers in a row, 76-67. Thirty seconds on the clock left little time for the Spartans to retaliate. The final score was 71-76, Pirates.

Read more: Second Half Woes Flip Halftime Spartan Lead

Created: Monday, November 28, 2011 8:02 am

Kayser_Trevor_IMG_4014In a productive two days for the Southwestern men’s basketball team, the Spartans took Division I State Fair to the wire Friday and came back with a convincing win over Upper County Saturday.  In the opener, Southwestern attempted to clog driving lanes to slow down the powerful school from Missouri.  Controlling the pace, the Spartans took a 27-22 lead into halftime behind the defensive efforts of Marquealis Edwards and Delby Halcomb.  State Fair then used its inside presence to cut the lead in the second half before the Spartans finally fell behind, eventually missing 2 free throws to tie with just over 2 minutes to play.  State Fair came out with the 62-57 win.  

Read more: Spartans Earn Split in Marshalltown Tournament