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Top seed Friends slips past Southwestern in KCAC tourney

  • Eagle staff
  • Published Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, at 11:38 p.m.

Top-seeded Friends struggled past Southwestern 55-52 in the quarterfinals of the KCAC Tournament on Thursday night at Garvey Gymnasium.

Southwestern combined patience with acurate shooting early in the game, hitting six straight shots during one stretch and taking a 24-16 lead with 7:57 left in the first half.

Friends senior Joe Mitchell countered with seven consecutive points, cutting the margin to one point, and the score was 30-30 at halftime. Mitchell had 15 in the first half, and Southwestern’s Cameron Clark scored 13.

Friends started the second half with a 9-2 run, but never managed to knock out the eighth-seeded Moundbuilders, and barely held on in the final minutes.

Friends finished with its lowest point total of the season. Mitchell finished with 21 points and senior Zach Nelson added 12.

Clark led Southwestern with 14 points.

Friends will play Tabor in the semifnals at 4 p.m. Saturday at Garvey Gymnasium. Friends’ women will also play Tabor in a semifinal matchup at 2 p.m.

Southwestern: Giddings 1-3 3-4 5, Tyler 0-2 2-2 2, clark 4-7 3-4 17, Shirley 1-1 0-0 2, Surrell 0-2 0-0 0, Hudson 0-1 0-0 0, Lipsey 3-9 3-4 12, Nespor 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 18-38 (4-13) 12-16 52.

Friends: Nelson 0-4 3-4 12, Mitchell 8-13 2-3 21, Johnson 2-3 0-0 5, Wilson 2-4 0-0 6, Williams 2-5 0-0 5, Sponsel 1-1 0-0 2, White 1-4 0-1 2, Durham 0-1 0-0 0, Rausch 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 21-52 (8-22) 5-8 55.

Halftime – Southwestern 30, Friends 30. 3’s – Southwestern 4-13 (Tisdale 1-1, Clark 2-7, Lipsey 1-2, Giddings 0-1, Shirley 0-1, Surrell 0-1), Friends 8-22 (Nelson 3-8, Johnson 1-5, Michaelson 1-1, Wilson 2-4, Sponsel 1-3, Rausch 0-1). Rebounds – Southwestern 32 (Johnson and Rausch 5 apiece), Friends 36 (Tisdale 10). Assists – Southwestern 7 (Tyler 4), Friends 13 (Williams 5).

Mitchell heads All-KCAC — Mitchell, the leading scorer in NAIA Division II, was chosen KCAC player of the year. He was joined on the All-KCAC team by Bethany senior Idris Ib Idris, St. Mary freshman Grant Greenberg, Southwestern sophomore Cameron Clark and Ottawa senior Julian Rose.

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