Following an impressive win on the road on Wednesday at Madonna, the No. 6 Cornerstone men's basketball team hosted the Wolverines from the University of Michigan-Dearborn on Saturday afternoon. The contest was the second between the two teams this season. In the first meeting Cornerstone took the 81-54 road win. This afternoon was much similar to the last meeting in December as the Golden Eagles cruised to an 82-60 victory. UM-Dearborn falls to 6-18 overall and 3-13 in league play. Cornerstone improves to 21-3 overall record and 14-2 in conference – first place in the WHAC standings.
The Golden Eagles maintained a small lead during the first few minutes of the game as the Wolverines would pull within one with 9:56 on the clock. Ben Lanning was called with a technical after a controversial call as Dearborn sunk a pair of free throws. Cornerstone would heat up the offense shortly after sparked by Wes Hudson's three pointer with 9:37 remaining. Hudson then capitalized on a old-fashion three point play driving through the lane getting fouled. The play forced the Wolverines to call a timeout with 7:38 left until the half. Cornerstone's three pointers made by Travis Wells and Cory Cox would lead the Golden Eagles to a 46-27 halftime advantage.
In the first, leading all scorers was Cory Cox with 15 points while Wells followed behind with 10. As a team, the Golden Eagles shot 51.7 percent from the field and 50% from behind the arc. Cox went 3-for-4 from three point land while Wells hit a perfect 2-for-2. The Golden Eagles dominated the glass outrebounding their opponents, 21-8. Cornerstone also added nine assists, seven steals and two blocks.
The Golden Eagles maintained momentum in the second, grabbing their largest lead of 27 points at the 10:34 mark with another three by Travis Wells. As a team Cornerstone went 28-for-53 from the field (52.8%) while going an even 50% (11-22) from behind the arc. Cox finished with a career-high 20 points while shooting 8-for-11 from the field including 4-for-6 from the three. Travis Wells followed closely behind with 18 points and Hudson added 13 points respectively. Joey Blauwkamp led the way for the Golden Eagles with six total rebounds.
The Golden Eagles will travel to cross-town rival, Aquinas College, next Wednesday. The game will begin at 8 p.m. Last year the two teams split a pair of contests during the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference. Cornerstone holds an overall 14-9 winning record against the Saints.