2014-15 Men's Basketball
Record: 6-2 Home: 2-0 Away: 3-1 Neutral: 1-1 WHAC: 3-1
Ben Lanning added 24 points and 8 rebounds.
Ben Lanning added 24 points and 8 rebounds.
90
VS
76
(5) Cornerstone
Madonna University
Men's Basketball - Sat, Mar. 1, 2014
Final12F
Madonna (Mich.) 20-13463076
Cornerstone University 28-4375390
Mar. 1, 2014
Grand Rapids, MI
Madonna (Mich.)Indv. LeadersCornerstone University
#11 Bobby Naubert - 18Points #23 Wes Hudson - 26
2 Players (#11,#30) - 5Rebounds #50 Ben Lanning - 8
2 Players (#11,#22) - 3Assists #2 Anthony Allen - 11
Madonna (Mich.)Team StatisticsCornerstone University
47.4% (27 - 57) Field Goals % 48.1% (26 - 54)
47.6% (10 - 21) 3 Point Field Goals % 33.3% (8 - 24)
80% (12 - 15) Free Throws 78.9% (30 - 38)
30Rebounds 34
10Assists 17
12Turnovers 8
72nd Chance Pts 9

GAME FLOW

Entering the WHAC semifinals, the Madonna Crusaders and the No. 5 Golden Eagles were in for another barn burner at Mol Arena.  The two teams met twice during the regular season as Cornerstone took a pair of victories.  Today, despite trailing by 16 points in the first half, Cornerstone mounted a big comeback in the second half taking the 90-76 victory and advancing to the conference championship.  The Crusaders finish their season with an overall 20-12 record while the Golden Eagles improve to 28-4.  The WHAC Championship will take place at Cornerstone where the Golden Eagles will welcome No. 9 Davenport University.

The Crusaders started shooting lights out in the first taking the six-point lead with 11:07 on the clock.  From then on Madonna controlled most of the momentum the remainder of the half.  Cornerstone pulled within three but the Crusaders went on a 15-2 run grabbing their largest lead of the game (16 points).  The Golden Eagles would slowly chip away at the lead pulling within nine, 37-48, heading into the locker room.

During the first, Cornerstone shot 46.4% from the field compared to Madonna's 57.1 percent.  The Crusaders first half of play was highlighted by going 7-for-11 from behind the arc as a team.  Cornerstone was led by Jake Plite's 13 points while Madonna's Travis Schuba added 12. 

Cornerstone would have to mount a comeback in the second in order to advance to the WHAC Championship game.  In the first five minutes, the Golden Eagles were able to tie the game led by a 14-5 run.  The two teams would go back-and-forth throughout the next eight minutes until Cornerstone took the lead off a pair of free throws made by Wes Hudson.  The Golden Eagles would never look back grabbing a 12-point lead with 4:29 remaining rolling to the 90-76 WHAC semifinal victory.

During the day, the Crusaders shot 47.4% compared to the Golden Eagles shooting at a 48.1 percent rate.  Hudson led all scorers with 26 points while Ben Lanning added 24 points and grabbed eight rebounds.  Cornerstone outrebounded their opponents, 34-30, during the day.  As a team, CU dished out 17 assists highlighted by a career-high 11 assists for Anthony Allen.       

 

UP NEXT

The Golden Eagles advance to the WHAC Championship game on Monday night.  The game will take place at Cornerstone where they will host No. 9 Davenport University.  The two teams split a pair of contests in the regular season.  The championship will be a showdown set for 7:30 p.m. 

 
 
 
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