The Southwestern College men's basketball team bounced back from a mid-week loss, taking down the Bethel Threshers at home Saturday evening by a score of 89-65.
Coming off a tough road loss to Avila, it is safe to say there was some uncertainty on how the team would respond after taking a major hit to their conference championship chances. Those doubts or concerns were erased early as the Builders came out agressive on both sides of the ball and executed the offense to its fullest extent, even on a night when they were not hitting threes like they normally do.
A 20-point first half lead was more than enough cushion for the Builders to coast to the win as the team shot 57 percent from the floor. Holding Bethel to just 36 percent, the Builders also connected on 22-23 shots from the free throw line, making 12 more shots from the stripe than the Threshers attempted.
Cameron Hunt (SR/Duncanville, Texas) led all scorers in the contest with 38 points on 11-19 shooting. Hunt also added six assists and was a perfect 14-14 from the free throw line. With the performance, Hunt is back in front as the nation's leading scorer and also sits at No. 2 in the country in assists per game. While Hunt had nearly another 40-point outing, other players made major contributions offensively in the team's win, especially that from Andrew Hamm (JR/Houston, Texas)- who was a major offensive catalyst for the team in the first half. Hamm finished the game with 20 points on 7-12 shooting, just three points off his career high and also had five rebounds. Simpson Anderson (SR/Baton Rouge, La.) was the other Southwestern player to reach double figures as he tallied 11 points and seven rebounds.
The win improves the team's record to 23-3 overall, 19-3 in KCAC play. The victory guarantees the Builders at least a No. 2 seed in the upcoming KCAC Tournament, which means they will have up to two home games should they continue forward. Southwestern still has an outside shot at regular season conference championship, but will need some help down the stretch. Trailing by two games with two to play, the Builders will need to win out and also pair it with conference-leading Oklahoma Wesleyan to lose out. Southwestern and Oklahoma Wesleyan will close out the regular season against each other on February 16.