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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.
Created: Thursday, January 27, 2011 9:17 am

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Battling the top team in the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference as well as the flu was too much for Southwestern to handle Wednesday as they dropped the key matchup, 65-46. Kirkwood stormed out of the gates behind three three-point goals from guard Michael Weber. The Spartans were ice cold in the first half from the floor, managing only 18% from the field. Keeping composure in the second half, the Spartans were more efficient on both ends of the floor, but the deficit was too great to overcome. The Spartans remain in a tie for third in the league, and have a key conference battle with Iowa Lakes Saturday at 4 p.m. in Creston.