Saturday night at the WHAC/CL Challenge the Cornerstone Golden Eagles lost for a second time over the weekend falling 87-81 to host Spring Arbor. Cornerstone hasn’t lost the first two games of their season since the 2011-12 season.
After their season opening 1-point loss in overtime to Indiana Wesleyan on Friday, Cornerstone looked to redeem themselves but found a team of Cougars lying in wait. Known for their ability to hit the outside shot, the Golden Eagles made only 5 of 19 three-point shots on the night and once again gave up 85+ points.
“It was a very disappointing weekend for our team and we have to come back strong with two more very quality opponents ahead of us. Defensively we cannot give up 90 and 87 points to teams”, said coach Kim Elders.
Kyle Steigenga led the Golden Eagles with 35 points and 15 rebounds, Michael Bradshaw added 21 points and even the 12 points and 12 rebounds added by Sam Vander Sluis weren’t enough to overcome the Cougars.
In the first half, Spring Arbor shot 60% from the field and took a 40-38 lead in to halftime after Steigenga’s three-pointer just before the buzzer.
After the break, the Golden Eagles made a run and erased the lead, even taking a 59-58 lead. That lead, though, didn’t last long at all. The Cougars retaliated with a 12-2 run, took back the lead and never relinquished it.
They return to the road for a very difficult matchup at No. 3 St. Francis (Ind.) next Friday. It will be followed by a Saturday contest against No. 2 and defending national champion Union College (Ky.).