The Cornerstone Golden Eagles men’s basketball team has found their identity, they are winners.
After losing the first two games of the season, the team has now won nine straight games heading into Saturday afternoon’s home matchup with Indiana Tech at Mol Arena. Game time is 3 p.m.
During last weekend’s Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame Classic played at Aquinas College, the Golden Eagles (9-2) beat Hope College on Friday night 88-61 and defeated Calvin College on Saturday 88-59. On Wednesday, Cornerstone welcomed the Aquinas Saints to Mol Arena for a WHAC matchup and took the victory 77-63.
Last Friday, the team defeated Hope 88-61. Cornerstone was terrific from deep early and the backcourt built a big lead for the Golden Eagles in the first half before big men Sam Vander Sluis and Kyle Steigenga went to work in the paint. The lead was 45-28 in favor of the Golden Eagles at the half.
Cornerstone continued the onslaught after the break, including a 51-20 rebounding advantage for the game. Vander Sluis and Michael Bradshaw each scored 17 points to lead Cornerstone. Kyle Steigenga finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds and
Riley Coston and Tyler Baker each scored 11.
On Saturday, Cornerstone got out to an early 10-point lead over the Calvin Knights in the first ten minutes and took a 38-25 lead in to the break. After halftime, the Golden Eagles scored the first six points of the half and then went on a 10-0 run to push the lead to 59-30 on a three-pointer from Steigenga for his 2,500th career point. The lead grew to 68-38 before the ten-minute mark.
Monday, Vander Sluis was named the WHAC Player of the Week. The junior center led the team in three wins averaging over 20 points and nine rebounds while also contributing with blocks and assists.
Wednesday, the Saints welcomed Cornerstone back to their home floor for a WHAC contest. The Golden Eagles built a 13-point lead in the first half, then led by 28 points late in the game and continued to dominate on the Saints home floor, winning their third game there this week. Bradshaw scored a season-high 24 points and Steigenga added 22 points and eight rebounds. CU hit 10 three-pointers on the night and held Aquinas to 35.4% shooting. Vander Sluis led the team with 13 rebounds.
Cornerstone will return to Mol Arena Saturday at 3 p.m. when they host No. 5 Indiana Tech. The Warriors are led by former CU assistant coach Ted Albert.