Jan. 24, 2013
GALESBURG—The Carl Sandburg College men’s basketball team used a big second half to beat Illinois Valley 77-65 in an Arrowhead Conference contest Thursday at John M. Lewis Gymnasium.
The Chargers (14-6, 4-1) won for the fourth straight game and the fifth time in six contests. Sandburg is in second place in the conference, a half-game behind Highland.
Freshman forward Aaron Powers (Springfield, Ill./Lanphier) led another balanced scoring attack for the Chargers with a game-high 21 points. Freshman guard Juwan Hubbard (Rockford, Ill./Guilford) added 14 points, while freshman forward Mitch Wendling (Athens, Ill./Athens) and sophomore guard Seth Wickert (Macomb, Ill./Macomb) each scored 13.
“We really don’t care who scores,” Hubbard said. “We just want to get up and push it. We’re playing with a lot of confidence right now.”
Neither team led by more than five during a first half that saw four ties and four lead changes and ended with the squads knotted at 31. A 6-0 run early in the second half put the Chargers up 39-33, and Sandburg began to blow things open after a 3-pointer by sophomore guard Zach Grover (Macomb, Ill./Macomb) pushed the lead to 64-51 with 5 minutes, 16 seconds to go.
“I felt like that did a lot for our guys’ confidence, seeing the lead go from 10 to 13,” Chargers coach Ryan Twaddle said. “If there’s one play that you can look back on as the biggest of the game, I think that was it.”
A three-point play by freshman guard Anthony Misuraca (Roscoe, Ill./Hononegah) gave Sandburg its biggest advantage at 76-58 with 3:05 to go.
Perry Adams, a 6-foot-9, 300-pound sophomore center, had a team-leading 16 points for the Eagles (13-7, 2-3). Alec Schwab added 13 points for IVCC.
The Chargers are back in action at 3 p.m. Saturday at Elgin. Sandburg’s next conference game is 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Black Hawk.