The Golden Eagles hosted Davenport in the WHAC final tonight to decide the WHAC Tournament Champion. The Golden Eagles have been in 8 of the last 10 finals and Davenport has been in the last 3 title games. Cornerstone took the lead early (8-4) with 16:15 on the clock. The Panthers tied the game at 8-8 on a shot from Dominez Burnett at 15:29 but Wes Hudson responded with a 3-pointer just 12 seconds later to give Cornerstone an 11-8 lead. Davenport hit a three to tie the game at 11-11. Wes Hudson led the Golden Eagles on a 13-2 run scoring 9 points on two 3-pointers and a 3 point foul shot. The Panthers cut into the lead and got it down to 5 (28-23) with 8:32 on the clock. Cory Cox hit a big 3 right after that to put the lead back to 8 (31-23) with 7:22. The two teams went back and forth and Davenport cut the lead down to 4 points (35-31) with 6:08. Cornerstone scored the next three baskets (two by Ty Mason and one by Michael McLaughlin) to push the lead back to 10 (41-31). Davenport made a 12-0 run over the next 2:15 to take their first lead of the night at 42-41 but the Golden Eagles scored the last 4 points of the half to go into the locker-room up 45-42. Wes Hudson led the Golden Eagles with 20 points on 6 of 9 shooting from the floor which included 3 for 3 from long range. Hudson also made 5 of 5 from the charity stripe.
The two teams came out of their corners ready for battle in the second half. Davenport made a couple of free throws to cut it to 45-44 but Wes Hudson picked up a rebound off of Ben Lanning miss and answered with a 2-point shot to make it 47-44. Davenport took their first lead (48-47) with a JoVontae Ford bucket at 16:52. Travis Wells hit a 2-pointer to reclaim the lead at 49-48 with 16:41 on the clock. The two team traded basket for much of the second half. Cornerstone built the lead to 6 on a few occasions but the Panthers always responded to keep it close. Wes Hudson converted a couple of foul shots with :43 second remaining to give Cornerstone another 6 point (70-64) advantage but Dominez Burnett responded with a driving lay-up to make it 70-66 with :32 seconds left. Cornerstone got the ball into Wes Hudson a couple of times but they had to use a time out to prevent a tie up and that burned off another 10 seconds. The play that really sealed the victory came off the inbounds play. Travis Wells took the inbounds pass split a couple of defenders and found Ben Lanning going to the basket for the dunk to give Cornerstone a 72-66 advantage with :18 second left in the game. Davenport turned the ball over on the next possession and was forced to foul Travis Wells. Wells made 1 of 2 shots from the line and that is how the game ended with a score of 73-66. Wes Hudson led the Golden Eagles with 31 points, 6 assists, and 5 rebounds.
KEY TEAM STATS
Cornerstone shot 47.1% from the field while limiting Davenport to just 33.3% shooting for the game. Davenport made only 2 of 12 (16.7%) from long range in the second half but Cornerstone made only 2 of 11 (18.2%) from behind the arc. Davenport was perfect from the foul line making all of their 19 attempts. Cornerstone made 19-23 from the charity stripe. Davenport won the battle of the boards 40-32.
Cornerstone will wait to see who they will draw in the first round of the NAIA Tournament. The draw will take place on Wednesday night and you can listen to draw via the internet at 7:30 with Andy Smith. You can listen live from the Stretch Internet site. Click here to go to the Stretch Internet site.