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Cornerstone University 80 Grace Bible College70
Grand Rapids, Mich.
Cornerstone - Wes Hudson (26 points)
Grace Bible - John Oostema (17 points)
Cornerstone - Jake Plite (9 rebounds)
Grace Bible - Zach Schutte (7 rebounds)
Cornerstone - Ronald
Bates (5 assists)
Grace Bible - Cory Jamieson, Ryan Krombeen, Matt Kurtz (3 assists)
KEY TEAM STATS
The Golden Eagles got to the foul line 33 times in the game and converted 25 of them into points while Grace Bible made just 8 of 18 from the charity stripe.
The game was very close for most of the night. Cornerstone's largest lead was 10 (80-70) which came at the very end of the game. The first half featured seven lead changes and four ties. Grace Bible's largest lead of the half was four points (22-18) with 11:42 left in the half. Cornerstone scored the next eight points to take a 26-22 lead with 8:30 on the clock. Grace would cut it to two (28-26) but the Golden Eagles outscored the Tigers 7-1 in the next four minutes to go up 25-27. Grace did respond to cut the lead to 39-36 at the half. The second half was much the same although Grace Bible never recaptured the lead. The Tigers cut the lead to one on two occasions (43-42 with 16:49 left) and (55-54 with 8:21 remaining) but the Golden Eagles always responded to the challenge and they began to extend the lead slowly through the remainder of the game to finish with an 80-70 victory.
The Golden Eagles will travel to Huntington (Ind.) to play a 7:00 p.m. game on Monday night.