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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.
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.