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Created: Friday, February 25, 2011 8:06 am

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The Spartans headed into their final home game of the season with a big task at hand, playing the conference leaders, the Kirkwood Eagles. Looking to notch a second loss in the Kirwood season, the Spartan men played hard takeing a three point deficit into the half, 24-27. Continuing their tough play in the second half, the Spartans stayed within striking distance until the Eagles when on a scoring run for nine points. Final score for the game left left the Spartans on the bottom and the Eagle with a single conference loss for the season.

UPDATE: The Spartans will lead off their post-season play vs. Ellsworth at 7 pm. on Wednesday, March 2. All tournamet pairings and final season standings can be viewed on the ICCAC Web site. Go Spartans!

Created: Wednesday, February 16, 2011 11:13 am

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Not many teams beat Division I Indian Hills on their home floor, and Southwestern, despite a good effort, was no exception in a Tuesday 67-52 loss in Ottumwa.  After taking a 25-15 lead, Indian Hills could not put the pesky Spartans away, as Austin Emerson managed to keep Southwestern close going into half, 34-26.  The Spartans fired out of the gate in the second half, and with help from two Luke Sealer baskets, cut the lead to 1 at 38-37.  From there, the margin bounced between six and two points most of the evening.  With three minutes to go and a six-point lead, the Warriors hit an off-balance look with 1 second on the shot clock, forcing the Spartans into a hurry-up mode.  Southwestern misconnected on a three-point attempt and then was forced to foul, leading to the final margin.  Southwestern is 14-12 overall, and next plays a key conference road game in Mason City against North Iowa Area.

Created: Monday, February 14, 2011 2:46 pm

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Southwestern showed effects of a long trip to Clinton Sunday, trailing at half by 9 before coming from behind to capture a 69-64 conference win.  The Spartans led for most of the first half, and were on top 28-24 when things went downhill.  Behind 9 first half offensive rebounds, Clinton went on a 17-2 before half to lead 39-30 at intermission.  The Spartans began to methodically claw back into the game, and consecutive three-point goals from Austin Emerson and Luke Sealer gave Southwestern the lead for good at the 3-minute mark of the contest.  Collin Artinger connected on another three to up the advantage to four.  After a Clinton basket and free throw, Southwestern stopped the Cougars with under a minute to play, and Sammy Duggins made two free throws for a 65-62 lead with 17 seconds to play.  Clinton tried a 3 on the next series, but Duggins again grabbed the miss and sealed the game with two more free throws.  Southwestern next plays at Division I Indian Hills Tuesday at 7 p.m.

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.