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Southwestern has played in its share of close games this season, and Saturday was no exception in Estherville as Iowa Lakes managed to outlast the Spartans, 55-54 in a game that went to the wire. Southwestern, behind hot shooting from Jack Harrison, Jared Theis, and Marquealis Edwards grabbed a 24-19 halftime lead.
Iowa Lakes, confident from nine consecutive wins, chipped away and grabbed a one-point advantage midway through the second half. The lead went back and forth from there. Southwestern had the ball with just over two minutes to play and a tie score, 50-50. The Lakers forced a turnover and made the transition lay-up to go up two points. Southwestern answered with a driving basket by Patrick Wright.
Like a heavyweight fight, Southwestern and Iowa Central went toe to toe Thursday, January 31, in Fort Dodge, resulting in a double-overtime victory for the host Tritons, 58-53.
Trailing by three near the end of regulation, Marquealis Edwards banked in a three-point goal at the horn to send the game to its first overtime. In that period, Southwestern had the ball with 11 seconds remaining and the score tied 52-52. Marcus Littleton had the ball knocked out of bounds on a basket attack, and on the inbound with two seconds to play Delby Halcomb missed an off-balance shot in the lane, and Jack Harrison could not convert the rebound on the weak side.
During the second overtime, Southwestern led 53-52, then fouled out both Edwards and Patrick Wright. Iowa Central was able to gain control from that point to outlast the Spartans. Southwestern must turn around and travel to Estherville to play the conference leaders, Iowa Lakes, who have not lost in the league since their defeat to the Spartans back in December. Tip off follows the women's game at 3 p.m.
Southwestern managed to pull off a rare feat Saturday when they topped perennial conference power Kirkwood, 69-63. The first half was a balanced affair until the final four minutes, when Southwestern used two offensive put-backs from Marquealis Edwards and two three-point goals (including one at the buzzer) from Marcus Littleton to pull out to a 40-27 halftime lead. Kirkwood showed their poise by grinding away at the lead in the second half, at one point grabbing a 52-51 advantage with eight minutes to play.
In a rare game where Southwestern enjoyed greater size than its opponent, the Spartans took advantage of the interior to defeat a game William Penn team, 84-66. The Statesmen set an early tone in the game, racing to a 20-11 advantage on several three-point goals. Southwestern used a time out to adjust, and some key defensive plays by Marquealis Edwards and Delby Halcomb sparked an energetic run for Southwestern, who took a 47-31 lead into the half. In the second half, interior feeds to Jack Harrison and Devin Kastrup kept the offensive output moving forward, and the Spartans were able to slow down the Statesmen sharp-shooters for the eventual final margin.
Southwestern next plays at home Saturday against Kirkwood. The teams are tied for third currently in the ICCAC. Tip-off follows the women’s game at approximately 3 p.m.