NORFOLK, Neb. – The Northeast Community College men’s basketball team took a five-point lead heading into the locker room at halftime and couldn’t rally to hold off Southwestern Community College, falling 86-73 in ICCAC play at the Cox Activities Center in Norfolk.
Justin Hiser (Grand Island, Neb.) and Michael Anderson (Lincoln, Neb.) buried back-to-back 3-pointers that kept the Hawks’ (2-9, 2-9 ICCAC) offensive momentum going late in the first half. Anderson finished off the half with an easy transition layup to secure the lead heading into the break.
But the momentum stopped there as Northeast managed only 32 points in the second half, compared to 50 by the Spartans. Southwestern began to pull away at the six-minute mark that swayed the lead by 10 points in favor of the Spartans, which ultimately kept them in control the rest of the way.
Anderson led the Hawks with 29 points on 10-of-15 shooting from the field, including eight rebounds. Ben Tew (Cheshire, England) had a double-double with 14 points and 16 boards. Devin Ross (Cartersville, Ga.) chipped in 10 points and six rebounds. The Hawks shot 43 percent from the field and 45 percent from the three-point line.
Northeast squares off with Ellsworth Community College at 7 p.m. Thursday in Iowa Falls, Iowa.
NORFOLK, Neb. – Four Northeast Community College women’s basketball players scored double-digit points on Tuesday night, en route to 72-66 victory over Southwestern Community College at the Cox Activities Center in Norfolk.
The Hawks (7-4, 6-4 ICCAC) got right to work in the first quarter as they put up 24 points, while holding the Spartans to under 20 points. Northeast managed to take a 41-31 after a large-scoring frenzy heading into the locker room, led by a 3-pointer from Breanna Stouffer (David City, Neb.) and an old-fashion three-point play from Taylor Peter (Chambers, Neb.)
The Spartans managed to cut the Hawks’ lead to four points late in the third quarter. However, Brianna Bauer (O’Neill, Neb.) hit a layup followed by a 3-pointer by Patricija Peric (Zagreb, Croatia) that put Northeast in the driver’s seat heading into the fourth quarter.
An offensive outburst of points from Peter early in the fourth quarter gave the Hawks an eight-point cushion. Yiesha Williams (Elkhart, Ind.) put the Hawks up by 10 points minutes later, while Peter hit a clutch free throw that sealed the victory for Northeast.
Peter had a double-double with 17 points and 13 rebounds, while Ashley Hassett (Hershey, Neb.) added 16 points. Peric chipped in 14 points and seven boards, while Stouffer had 13 points.
The Hawks hit the road to face Ellsworth Community in an ICCAC contest at 5 p.m. Thursday in Iowa Falls, Iowa.