The Golden Eagles didn't start too well tonight in their WHAC Quarterfinal but the Cardinals didn't start or finish well in the first half of play. The two teams tied three times over the first five minutes of play and the score was 6-6 at that point. It didn't get a whole lot better over the next five minutes. Cornerstone outscored Concordia 7-1 over that period to go up 13-7 after 10 minutes of play. The Golden Eagles then got on track and made an 18-3 run over the next seven minutes of play capped off by a Wes Hudson triple with 2:54 left in the half to give Cornerstone a 31-10 lead. The two teams played pretty even to the end of the half and the Golden Eagles went into the locker room up 37-15. Wes Hudson opened up the second half of play with a 3-pointer to push the lead to 25 (40-15). The Cardinals played much better in the second half of play keeping the deficit about the same throughout. Concordia got the lead down to 19 on a few occasion in the second half but that would be as close as they would get for the remainder of the game. Cornerstone pushed the lead to as high as 28 on three different occasions and would end the game with a score of 83-57. Ben Lanning, Travis Wells, and Wes Hudson led the Golden Eagles with 15, 13, and 11 respectively.
KEY TEAM STATS
Concordia shot only 14.3% (3-21) in the first half of play while Cornerstone made 52% (13-25) of their shots. Cornerstone led 37-15 after the first half of play. That was the difference in the game because Cornerstone outscored Concordia just 46-42 in the second half of play.
Cornerstone will host Madonna (76-66 winner over Aquinas) on Saturday. The tip-off time for that game will be 3:00 p.m.