The No. 6 Cornerstone men's basketball team traveled to Detroit, Mich., on Saturday afternoon to face the Mustangs from Marygrove College. The game was the first of two games against the conference opponent this season. Last year, the two teams met twice with Cornerstone winning both contests. Today the Golden Eagles continued their nine-game conference winning streak against the Mustangs after a 110-56 final. Cornerstone improves to 17-3 overall and 11-1 in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference record, standing in first place. Madonna University follows in second with a 10-2 conference record.
During the first half the Golden Eagles jumped out to an 11-point lead with 11 minutes remaining in the half. Cornerstone would continue strong play grabbing their largest lead of the half with just 30 seconds remaining until halftime after Justin Pepper had an easy layup with the assists from Jake Plite. The Golden Eagles held a high shooting percentage of 52.8% while going six-for-nine behind the arc. Wes Hudson led the way with 10 points and four rebounds. The Mustangs shot a minimal 34.4 percentage during the first half. Cornerstone forced 11 turnovers while adding six steals. The Golden Eagles dominated the glass outrebounded Marygrove 25-15.
The Golden Eagles would maintain momentum after the break and would tally their largest lead of the night with just 27 seconds left in the game after Joey Blauwkamp put Cornerstone ahead by 57 points. Cornerstone would finish the game shooting 60.3% while holding their opponent to a 33.8 shot percentage. As a team, the Golden Eagles dished out 24 assists, had six blocks, 10 steals and 48 total rebounds. Cornerstone's Ben Lanning led the Golden Eagles with 19 points while Ty Mason and Justin Pepper followed closely behind with 13 points apiece. Freshman Joey Blauwkamp and Ty Smith added 12 points as well. Pepper and Travis Wells tied for the game-high total rebounds of six.
The No. 6 Golden Eagles will continue conference games as they host Siena Heights University on Wednesday, January 22. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Last year, the two teams split a pair of contests while Cornerstone holds an overall 15-4 record against the Saints.