The No. 4 Cornerstone men's basketball team made the short trip to Aquinas College Wednesday night for another conference showdown with crosstown rivals. The game was the first of two meetings this season between the two teams. Tonight the Golden Eagles took the lead in the opening minutes en route to a 76-64 victory. Aquinas College falls to 12-13 overall and 9-8 during conference games. Cornerstone improves 22-3 overall and holds the WHAC first place position with an overall 16-1 record. The Golden Eagles remain undefeated during 2014 on a 10-game win streak.
During the first the Golden Eagles jumped out to an early 10 point lead with just four minutes into the game. Cornerstone would continue strong play grabbing their largest lead of the half with three minutes remaining until halftime. Senior Anthony Allen received a pass from senior Wes Hudson to take the 35-19 lead. CU would ride into the locker room with the scoreboard reading 37-25. As a team, Cornerstone shot 50 percent from the field while dominated the glass outrebounding the Saints 20-12 including six offensive rebounds. Hudson led all scorers in the first with 12 points while Allen dished out four assists.
The Golden Eagles would maintain momentum after the break on the road tallying their largest lead of the night half way through the second. Hudson sank a bucket from behind the three point arc to push the Golden Eagles ahead of the Saints, 62-42. Aquinas would begin to chip away at the lead coming within 10 points with 5:48 to play. Cornerstone would hold off the late surge taking their sixteenth conference win. CU would finish the night shooting 46.7% from the field (28-60) while holding AQ to a shot percentage of 39.6. As a team, the Golden Eagles dished out 12 assists, had five blocks, four steals and 38 total rebounds. Cornerstone's Ben Lanning and Hudson led all scorers with 20 points apiece. Wes also had the game-high seven rebounds.
The No. 4 Golden Eagles will continue conference games as they host Concordia University on Saturday, February 8, as part of Homecoming Weekend. Tipoff is scheduled for 3 p.m.