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Created: Thursday, February 10, 2011 8:43 am

After a first-half battle that was playing out just how the Spartans had planned, a quick spurt at the beginning of the second half propelled Des Moines Area to a 61-44 win over Southwestern.  The Spartans used long possessions and multiple screens to trail 24-23 at half; however, E.J. Hicks got loose for DMACC in the first possession of the second half and knocked in a three-point goal, which was followed by a Southwestern turnover and layup for the Bears.  In a flash, the one-point deficit became six.  Though field goals were close, DMACC was able to take advantage of 20 more free throw attempts (25 to 5) to distance themselves by the end of the contest.  Southwestern moves to 13-11 on the season and plays conference foe Clinton Sunday in Clinton at 1 p.m.

Created: Monday, February 7, 2011 1:52 pm

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In need of a conference win, Southwestern hosted Ellsworth Saturday hoping history would repeat. The Spartans were able to beat Ellsworth on the road earlier this season, but the Panthers proved too tough as they came away with a 76-65 win over Southwestern. Ellsworth grabbed an early 10-2 lead, but Southwestern stayed within striking distance, trailing 37-32 at half. Though the Panthers jumped out to an 11-point lead early in the second half, the Spartans were able to cut it to 3 on two different occasions before the clock began to be an enemy of Southwestern. The Spartans fall to 13-10 on the season, lose ground in the conference seeding, and now must play talented Des Moines Area Wednesday on the road.

Created: Friday, February 4, 2011 3:53 pm

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In a game which had momentum swinging back and forth like a pendulum, Iowa Central was able to hold off Southwestern in a key Iowa Community College Athletic Conference matchup Thursday in Fort Dodge, 67-62. The game was played after being postponed from the previous night. Southwestern set the early tone with connections from behind the arc from Luke Sealer, Austin Emerson, and Collin Artinger to take a 15-4 lead. Iowa Central chipped back with big offensive rebounds and some big 3s of their own to knot the score at 32-32 by intermission. It was the Tritons who got early control in the second half, connecting on their first five shots of the frame. Southwestern did not vanish, getting key rebounds and transition baskets from Dominique Outley. Down six with 1:10 to play, Southwestern got a stop and Tyler Smith hit a runner in the lane to cut the lead to four. After fouling, Iowa Central hit one free throw and the Spartans ran a set to try to get a 3. Smith misfired, and Emerson had another look off an inbound, but the Spartans could not get key bucket. The loss moves the Spartans to 13-9. They have yet another important conference battle at home Saturday against Ellsworth.

Created: Monday, January 31, 2011 10:23 am
Southwestern battled to the finish line against resurgent Iowa Lakes last Saturday, but came up short in a 80-70 loss in Iowa Community College Athletic Conference play. The game was close most of the way, with the Lakers taking a 28-27 lead into the half behind punishing work on the offensive boards. Playing four guards, the Spartans attempted to counter the attack in the second half, but Iowa Lakes was too quick to the rim off dribble penetration and too consistent with offensive putbacks to get turned away. After getting down 10 in the early parts of the second half, Southwestern was able to cut it to 55-50 with five minutes to play; however, a three-point goal from Mike Weems did in the comeback effort. Southwestern falls to 13-8 overall and 4-4 in the league. They host Central College tonight at 7 p.m.