Jan. 13, 2014
GALESBURG—Triton put together a run in each half to hand the Carl Sandburg College men’s basketball team a 77-65 nonconference loss on Friday at John M. Lewis Gymnasium.
The Chargers (10-7), who dropped their fourth in a row after a nine-game winning streak, led 23-20 in the first half before the Trojans (12-5) went on a 15-0 run to take a lasting lead. A rebound basket by sophomore forward Mitch Wendling (Athens, Ill./Athens) to open the second half cut Sandburg’s deficit to 40-34, but Triton followed with a 9-0 run and didn’t relinquish its double-digit advantage the rest of the way.
Sophomore guard Juwan Hubbard led the Chargers with a game-high 25 points, and Wendling and sophomore forward Aaron Powers (Springfield, Ill./Lanphier) each scored 14. Wendling also added a team-best 14 rebounds.
“I thought we played a good game, but we just didn’t make enough shots to give us a chance to win,” Sandburg coach Ryan Twaddle said. “I thought we played with a lot better intensity and energy than we did last night (against Black Hawk East), so I was glad to see that from our guys. We need to bring that type of energy every night.”
Donovan Smith scored a team-high 18 for Triton, and Justin Williams added 17 points, including five 3-pointers.
The Chargers will play their first Arrowhead Conference road game at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Illinois Valley.