The Cornerstone's men's basketball team hosted conference rival, #10 Davenport University, on Wednesday night. The game was Cornerstone's second game of the season to a nationally ranked opponent this season. The Golden Eagles faced No. 2 Indiana Wesleyan University on November 8 falling 83-74. Last year, CU and Davenport met three times with the Panthers winning all three contests. This year the Golden Eagles held the momentum into half while maintaining the lead through the second until two minutes remaining as Davenport took the lead en route to a thrilling 81-80 victory for the visiting team.
During the first half, Cornerstone held an early eight point advantage with just six minutes into the game. However the Panthers would chip away at the lead and would take the 16-15 advantage with 11 minutes remaining until halftime. As the teams traded baskets during the remainder of the half Cornerstone would take a two point lead into the locker room after Wes Hudson would sink a pair of free throws. The Golden Eagles shot 37.5% compared to the Panthers shooting at a 44.4 percentage.
Cornerstone would have possession of the ball first starting the second half and after a three pointer made by senior Anthony Allen, the Golden Eagles went ahead 49-44. CU held the lead throughout the remainder of the second half and looked to come away with the upset. However, with two minutes remaining the Golden Eagles would be called for a foul sending DU's Nick Gamble to shoot three free throws. Gamble converted on all three putting the Panthers ahead by one (76-75).
With 52 seconds on the clock Wes Hudson tied the game with a shot in the paint (78-78). CU's Ben Lanning would be called for a defensive foul but Davenport could only convert on one (79-78). Cornerstone would have the ball with 30 seconds remaining and with 12 seconds Jake Plite would get an easy layup putting the Golden Eagles ahead 80-79.
Next possession, Davenport's JaVontae Ford drove the lane and drew a foul as he converted on both free throws as DU took the 81-80 lead. With two seconds in the game, Cornerstone took the ball on the opposing end line and threw up a last second shot in the corner by Ty Mason but as the ball rattled in and out the Golden Eagles fell and were unable to pull out the upset.
The Golden Eagles will host another conference game on Saturday afternoon as Marygrove College comes to Mol Arena. Tip off is scheduled for 3 p.m. Last season, Cornerstone was able to go 2-0 against the Mustangs winning both on the road and at home.