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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.
Southwestern took on a soaring North Iowa Area team Saturday in Creston and emerged with a satisfying 69-62 win. The victory moved Southwestern into 3rd alone in the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference, one game behind Kirkwood and Iowa Central. Both teams scored frequently in the game's first 10 minutes, and Southwestern took a 39-32 lead into half. NIACC continued to change defenses, and eventually took a 58-54 lead with five minutes to play. The Spartans answered back, keyed by a huge three-pointer from Austin Emerson at the end of the shot clock to put the Spartans up five with just under two minutes to play.
Having won two conference games on the road so far, Southwestern got a much-needed home conference win against Clinton Saturday, 65-59. The win pushes the Spartans to 3-2 in Iowa Community College Athletic Conference play, with key battles against Kirkwood and North Iowa Area remaining. Southwestern ran its unique style well, freeing up shooters who were able to convert (Tyler Smith (pictured) 4-5 from behind the arc; Austin Emerson for 16 total points).