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The Cornerstone men's basketball team hosted conference opponent, Madonna University, on Saturday afternoon. The game was Cornerstone's sixth WHAC game of the 2013-14 season. Last year, the two teams met twice with Madonna having their way in both. Today the Golden Eagles had revenge after taking a 15 point lead at the half en route to a 91-75 advantage for the home team. After the win, Cornerstone advances to 9-2 overall and 5-1 in WHAC play. Madonna falls to 7-5 overall and drop their first conference game of the season and hold a 5-1 conference record.
During the first half the Golden Eagles took the two point lead after Jake Plite scored in the paint off of a Madonna turnover. CU would pull ahead by seven at the 15 minute mark when Ben Lanning sunk a shot in the paint after grabbing his own rebound. Cornerstone would remain ahead throughout the half and would grab their largest lead of 17 after Ty Mason put in a layup after another Madonna turnover.
Wes Hudson would hit back-to-back three pointers to begin the second to put the Golden Eagles ahead by 21 points. Cornerstone would add to their lead and at the 7:11 mark they would tally their largest lead, 85-54, after back-to-back three's from Cory Cox and Anthony Allen. Madonna would slowly chip away at the lead but the Golden Eagles were too strong finishing the game, 91-75.
Cornerstone's Ben Lanning led all players with 26 points during the afternoon while Madonna's Bobby Naubert followed closely behind adding 22 points. For the game, the Golden Eagles shot 46.9% from the court while Madonna shot at a high percentage as well (40.6%). Anthony Allen dished out nine assists for CU while Jake Plite grabbed eight rebounds including five defensive and three offensive.
The Golden Eagles will take a break from conference competition and host non-conference opponent, Kuyper College, on Saturday, Dec. 14. Tipoff is scheduled for 3 p.m. at Mol Arena. Cornerstone holds a perfect 7-0 record against the Cougars with their recent win coming last year as they rolled to a dominant 109-66 win.
The Golden Eagles made the trip over to Southfield to take on Lawrence Tech tonight and they made short work of the Blue Devils. Cory Cox scored 10 points in a 2 ½ minute span to give Cornerstone a 19-11 lead with 11:19 on the clock in the first half. The Golden Eagles would keep a double digit lead for the remainder of the game. Cornerstone gradually added to their lead throughout the first half of play and would go into the locker room with a 35-19 lead after Jake Plite hit a shot as the clock ran out in the first half. Cornerstone pushed the lead into the 20's quickly in the second half and kept on adding to that lead throughout the remainder of the game. All but one Golden Eagle scored in the second half of play led by Ben Lanning with 9 points.
KEY TEAM STATS
The Golden Eagles shot 60% (15-25) in the second half of play while limiting the Blue Devils to just 32.0% (8-25) from the floor.
Cornerstone will return home to host Madonna University at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday.
Following a 2-0 week that included winning the 18th annual Grand Rapids Hall of Fame Tournament this past weekend, the Cornerstone men's basketball team received a conference weekly award. Senior guard Wes Hudson was honored for games played from Nov. 17-23. The announcement was made by the conference this afternoon.
Hudson's week was highlighted with 20.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.5 steals in Cornerstone's to victories. The Wayland native scored 25 points, grabbed six rebounds and had three steals as CU went on to defeat Calvin College on Friday night. Just 24 hours later, Hudson followed with a 16 point, two steals and three assist performance as the Golden Eagles topped the Flying Dutchman from Hope College. The senior was also honored to the All-Tournament team and was named the 2013 Hall of Fame MVP.
After the week, the Golden Eagles advance to 7-2 overall and will travel to Southfield, Mich., to face Lawrence Tech on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
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KEY TEAM STATS
The Golden Eagles shot 42.9% from the field during the game compared to the Flying Dutchman's 41.5% shot percentage during Saturday night at Calvin College. Cornerstone was led by Jake Plite's 19 points and eight rebounds while Ben Gardner from Hope College added 17 points.
During the second day of the Hall of Fame Classic, Saturday night featured the Golden Eagles and the Flying Dutchman of Hope College. For the Classic, Cornerstone entered the night after winning their first game during day one of the Classic. The 6 p.m. contest would help the Golden Eagles become the only team this weekend to win both games. The matched proved to be a tough battle with Cornerstone edging Hope, 79-73. With the win, Cornerstone claimed the undefeated weekend during the 18th annual Hall of Fame Classic.
The Golden Eagles jumped out to an early seven point lead with 13:43 to play on the clock. However, Hope chipped away at the lead and took the lead, 26-25, after a two point shot made by Alex Eidson from Hope College. The score would go back and forth throughout the remainder of the first half with Cornerstone taking the two point advantage into the locker room after Ty Mason converted on two free throw shots, 40-38.
During the second half, Cornerstone grabbed an early seven point lead again after a 7-2 surge. The Golden Eagles would eventually pull ahead by 13 points with seven minutes remaining. Hope would try to chip away at the CU lead but would only pull within five points with 24 seconds remaining after a three point made by Hope's Ben Gardner. Cornerstone's Ben Lanning would seal the six-point victory after sinking a pair of free throws in the final seconds.
After the victory, Cornerstone advances to 7-2 overall while Hope falls to 1-3 overall during the 2013-2014 campaign. Cornerstone's Wes Hudson, Ben Lanning and Jake Plite received All-Tournament honors for the weekend. Hudson was also honored as the tournament MVP.
The Golden Eagles will return to WHAC play when they travel to Southfield, Mich., to face Lawrence Tech. The game will be on Wednesday, December 4, with a 7:30 p.m. tip off. Last year the two teams met twice with the Golden Eagles winning both contests.
Cornerstone entered the game with a 5-2 record while Calvin came in undefeated at 4-0. Calvin scored a 3-pointer to open the game but Ben Lanning matched that to tie the score at 3-3. Calvin then made a basket that was matched by Jake Plite. That would be Calvin's last lead of the game. Plite scored again to put the Golden Eagles up for good. The score would remain fairly close (16-14) through 12:10 on the clock and then Cornerstone went on an 8-0 run to go up 24-14 with 9:28 left in the half. The Golden Eagles kept the margin close to 10 through the last couple of minutes but Wes Hudson hit a 3-pointer and Cory Cox made a basket as time ran out to give Cornerstone a 15 point (48-33) advantage at the half. The Golden Eagles would keep a double digit lead for the whole second half. Cornerstone would push the lead to 18 on a couple of occasions through the first two and a half minutes of the second half but the Knights responded and cut the lead back to 12 points four different times over the next five minutes of play. Cornerstone would then build the lead to as much as 21 points (83-62) with 3:12 on the clock and would finish with an 85-66 win over Calvin. Wes Hudson and Ben Lanning led the Golden Eagles with 25 and 20 points respectively.
KEY TEAM STATS
The Golden Eagles shot 49.2% compared to the Knights 38.9% from the field for the game. Cornerstone made 7-14 from long range in the first half but went cold (1-9) in the second half for a total of 34.8% for the game. Calvin made only 3-16 from the 3-point line. The Golden Eagles also made 19-23 from the foul line while the Knights made 21 of 35 from the charity stripe.
Cornerstone will play Hope in the second game of the Grand Rapids Hall of Fame Tournament at Calvin at 6:00 p.m. Hope defeated Aquinas 69-67 in their game.