The fourth ranked Cornerstone men's basketball team hosted Concordia University during Homecoming weekend. The Golden Eagles cruised past the Cardinals during their first meeting this season on Jan. 4. Today's contest proved to be similar, keeping the Cardinals to one lone field goal in the first 12 minutes en-route to a 76-44 victory. Cornerstone remains unbeaten during the 2014 year. After the day, Concordia falls to 11-15 overall and 8-10 in the WHAC while Cornerstone improves to 23-3 overall and 17-1 in the conference—standing first in the Wolverine Hoosier Athletic Conference.
After holding the Cardinals scoreless until the 13:40 mark, the Golden Eagles held the 11-1 advantage. The first field goal for Concordia came with 12 minutes until the half. The Cardinals were forced to call a timeout with 11:25 on the clock after Cornerstone played tough defense on the inbounds play. Cory Cox was able to put the Golden Eagles on top 18-6 just before the media timeout after an old fashion 3-point play. After the media timeout Concordia would respond with a three point shot made from behind the arc. Cox would increase the lead, 28-11, after a baseline jumper with 6:37 until the half. With the final shot in the half, Wes Hudson sunk a fade away three pointer as the Golden Eagles went into the half leading 45-17.
Leading the way in the first was Cox and Hudson with eight points apiece for the Golden Eagles. Makenzi Kurvits-Statum from Concordia led all players with 10 points. As a team, Cornerstone shot 53.3% from the field highlighted by Cox going 3-for-5. Jake Plite grabbed the first half-high six rebounds (2 offensive, 4 defensive).
The second proved to be much like the first as the Golden Eagles were too strong for the Cardinals. Cornerstone grabbed their largest lead of the night shortly into the second half after Jake Plite hit a three point shot to put CU ahead by 33. Concordia was able to pull with 24 points but Cornerstone was just too strong en-route to a 76-44 win.
KEY TEAM STATS
The Golden Eagles shot 45.8% from the field compared to the Cardinals shooting a minimal 24.4% during the night. Cornerstone dominated the rebounding category, 43-31, including 15 offensive rebounds. As a team the Golden Eagles added 21 assists, 17 steals and forcing 21 turnovers. Ben Lanning led all scorers with 15 points while Jake Plite recorded a double-double (11pts & 12rbs).
The Golden Eagles will continue their conference play when they travel to Indiana Tech on February 12. The game is scheduled for Wednesday with a 7:30 p.m. tip off