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In game that saw 20 ties and 19 lead changes, the Spartans came up short in the end losing 95-85 at NJCAA D1 opponent Marshalltown Community College Wednesday night. Southwestern battled foul trouble throughout the night as post players Simon Joseph and Mataika Koyamainavure both sat long stretches due to fouls. Despite both post players sitting the majority of the first half, the Spartans battled to a 37-37 tie at intermission. Josh Kirk provided a huge spark off the bench with 28 points to help fill the void. “We did some really good things tonight against a very good basketball team. This game was a great way to get us prepared for the conference season,” said Coach Todd Lorensen.
After making the jump from unranked to number 11 in last week’s poll, Southwestern moved up two spots and cracked the top 10 at number nine in the nation in the latest NJCAA Division II rankings.
On a day that honored long time coach, athletic director, and instructor Bill Krejci the Southwestern Men’s Basketball team won handily 86-67 over William Penn JV. Krejci was inducted into the Southwestern Hall of Fame just before the game. The local product, TJ Bower (pictured) of Nodaway Valley, stole the show on the court scoring 30 points which included 6-9 from beyond the arc.
After winning nine games in a row to start the season, the number 11 ranked Spartan men’s basketball team suffered its first defeat of the season at North Central Missouri College. The 84-83 victory by the Pirates, who are ranked #17 in the nation, avenged a 91-82 loss at Southwestern on November 10.