Dec. 17, 2013
GALESBURG—Sophomore guard Juwan Hubbard (Rockford, Ill./Guilford) hit two free throws with 7.4 seconds left to lift the Carl Sandburg College men’s basketball team to its ninth straight victory with a 69-67 win over Clinton (Iowa) on Tuesday at John M. Lewis Gymnasium.
The Cougars (0-12) hit a free throw with :31.8 left to tie the contest after trailing by as much as 20 in the first half and 18 early in the second. Hubbard, who scored a team-leading 13 points and was seven of 10 from the line, was fouled on a drive to the basket after sophomore forward Jake Warner corralled an offensive rebound and knocked down both free throws to put the Chargers (10-3) back ahead. Clinton’s Onterier Brown couldn’t connect on a 17-footer at the buzzer, sealing the win for Sandburg.
Sophomore forward Mitch Wendling (Athens, Ill./Athens) hauled in a career-high 21 rebounds, including 11 on the offensive glass, and sophomore forward Aaron Powers (Springfield, Ill./Lanphier) had 11 points. Freshman guard Vince Gooden (Markham, Ill./Tinley Park) scored all 12 of his points off the bench in the first half as Sandburg led 39-19 late in the half and 41-24 at intermission.
Clinton opened the second half with a 21-6 burst to climb back into it. The Cougars took their first lead of the game at 57-56 with 5:41 left, and also led 61-60 at 4:16. Dione Blyden scored a game-high 20 for Clinton, and BeeJay Caleb added 10 points.
“We made it interesting, but it was good that we found a way to win,” Chargers coach Ryan Twaddle said. “We hit a lot of 3s in the first half, and it turned out to be a bad thing for us because we settled for a lot of deep shots. We’ll have to play a lot better to have a chance tomorrow night.”
The Chargers play at Olive-Harvey at 7 p.m. Wednesday and at Indian Hills (Iowa), the top-ranked team in NJCAA Division I, at 7 p.m. Friday before taking off for Winter Break.