Golden Eagles keep streak alive, move to 17-2 with W over Rochester

WHAC’s King of the Hill welcomes newcomer with familiar results

After 16 straight wins, the Cornerstone Golden Eagles faced a real scare on Wednesday night at Mol Arena but escaped with a 96-86 victory over Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference newcomer Rochester College.

The teams combined for 93 points, each shot over 50% from the floor and both made 8-of-19 three-pointers in the first half. Down 47-46 to start he second half, CU gave up an early three before going on a 14-3 run of their own to take a 60-53 lead. The Warriors fought back to take a 77-75 lead with 5:22 to play after getting hot from long-range. Michael Bradshaw then led a 21-9 run by scoring 12 points as Cornerstone took over down the stretch.

Coach Kim Elders was his normal calm and cool self after the game, “Rochester is a solid team that came ready to play and had us on our heels on defense. We made some adjustments at the break and played much better team defense in the second half. Michael hit some big shots and our rebounding was great down the stretch.”

CU is now 9-0 in WHAC play.

Cornerstone logoBradshaw finished with a season-high 26 points and Sam Vander Sluis added 21 points and 13 rebounds. Riley Costen added 16 points and seven rebounds.

Kyle Steigenga finished with 17 points and 9 rebounds. Steigenga is on pace to become Cornerstone’s all-time leading scorer and, quite possibly, the school’s all-time leading rebounder. Steigenga currently trails Jared Crandall’s points record (2,772-to-2,701) by 71 and Jim Eppink’s rebounds record (1,231-to-1,087) by 144.

Cornerstone closes out a 3-game home stand on Wednesday when they host Northwestern Ohio at 7:30 p.m.