Cornerstone wins 19th straight game, moves to 11-0 in WHAC
The Cornerstone Golden Eagles survived a sloppy 16 turnover performance in a 76-67 road victory Saturday afternoon over the host Concordia Cardinals.
The team made up for their loose handles by dominating the battle of the boards, 41-27.
Kyle Steigenga moved into 3rd place in career scoring (2,726) and rebounding (1,099) with 19 points and 7 rebounds. Steigenga passed Scott O’Day (2,725 points) and Jon Jonker (1,094 rebounds). The career records are 2,772 points (Jared Crandall) and 1,231 rebounds (Jim Eppink).
Michael Bradshaw added 18 points and Sam Vander Sluis finished with 14 points and 13 rebounds to help Cornerstone move to 19-2 overall and 11-0 in WHAC play. Freshman Christian Rodriguez finished with 9 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists.
The lead changed hands repeatedly during the first half but the Golden Eagles got on top late and took a 39-33 lead into halftime.
Bradshaw scored the first five points out of the locker room as Cornerstone built a double-digit lead that they’d hold most of the rest of the game. Concordia clawed back to within four but Steigenga carried Cornerstone back to a ten-point lead and the eventual nine-point victory.
“This is always a tough place for us and give them credit,” coach Kim Elders said after the game, “they played well on their home court and we made too many mistakes with the ball to give them more opportunities.”
NAIA #1-ranked Cornerstone will travel to NAIA #5-ranked Indiana Tech on Saturday (1/20/18) at 3 p.m. in a key battle near the top of the WHAC standings.