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Created: Friday, December 17, 2010 8:26 am

Southwestern's contest with Central (Nebraska) was cancelled Wednesday night due to icy conditions in Nebraska. Central athletic director Jack Gutierrez contacted Spartan Head Coach Mike Holmes via cell phone while the team was en route to the game. "Where we were on Highway 34 there was nothing happening, so we never gave the travel a second thought," Holmes said. "They called and said that ice was causing several accidents and very slow travel, recommending that we turn it around." Holmes indicated that finals week made the call even easier. He said, "We didn't want our kids on the road at 3 a.m. again with finals tomorrow, so it wasn't a tough decision to take their advice and return to Creston." The two schools will talk about a possible make-up date later in the season, but also entertained the idea of a cancellation.

Created: Monday, December 13, 2010 10:48 am
Southwestern fought two opponents Saturday: Southeast (Nebraska) and the weather. With the snow and wind moving through Iowa, Southeast and the Spartans battled to a 60-60 tie at the end of regulation. Southwestern had the ball and a chance to win at the end of the 2nd half, but Jordan Hopkins' shot was off the mark. In overtime, the lead changed several times, but again Southwestern had the last shot—this time down two with 0.9 seconds to play. Again the ball went into Hopkins, but his quick release went long, handing the Spartans the 66-64 loss. As a team, Southwestern was 2-13 behind the arc, which was the second straight game featuring cold shooting. After the contest, the Spartans faced the challenge of getting home. With slow going, the team stopped in Bedford to let visibility clear. After four hours in the shelter of Bedford High School, the bus was finally able to proceed—the team arrived home at 3 a.m. The Spartans next hit the road to Nebraska again Wednesday to face Central (Nebraska). The Spartans are 9-3 on the season.
Created: Monday, December 13, 2010 10:45 am
Coming off their first loss of the season, Southwestern was hoping to right the ship Thursday against Grand View; however, frigid shooting left the Spartans on the wrong side of a 55-49 final. Southwestern connected on just 17 of 56 attempts on the night, and got beaten in the rebounding category as well, 40-35. Though Southwestern led 26-25 at half, the game was a grind all of the way, as the lead changed hands several times. The loss moved Southwestern to 9-2 on the season. They next play at Southeast (Nebraska) Saturday. 
Created: Monday, December 6, 2010 1:52 am

mbb_swcc_vs_graceland_img_1964.jpg Looking to end a seven-game home stand on a positive note, Southwestern downed Graceland University Friday night, 76-59, to move to 9-0 on the season. Graceland came out of the gates firing, taking an early 6-3 lead; however, the multiple bodies of the Spartans kept pounding away and eventually built a 41-26 halftime lead behind four three-point goal by David Farmer, crisp passing from point guard Dominique Outley, and the defensive presence of Austin Emerson. In the second half, the Spartans maintained their advantage with some key second-chance putbacks from Collin Artinger, who grabbed ten rebounds on the night. The win not only sets up the Spartans with a start that is raising eyebrows around the conference, but sets up an opportunity to knock off Division I opponent Iowa Western, where the Spartans travel Tuesday. The last time Southwestern upset a DI opponent was in the 2008-09 season, when they edged State Fair (Missouri), 70-69.