Chargers Shoot 61% From Field in Blowout of Black Hawk

  Aaron Frey
  Tuesday, January 23, 2018 9:50 PM

Galesburg, IL

The Carl Sandburg College men’s basketball team was red-hot from inside the arc, beyond it and at the free-throw line during a 96-73 blowout of Arrowhead Conference rival Black Hawk on Tuesday night at John M. Lewis Gymnasium.

The Chargers (14-7, 3-0) shot 61 percent (34 of 56) from the floor — including 10 of 19 from 3-point range — and were 18 of 18 from the line to remain unbeaten in conference play.

Four Sandburg players scored in double figures, led by sophomore Matt Wendling (Athens, Ill./Athens), who had 22 points on 7-for-9 shooting. Sophomore point guard Kourtlandt Martin (Evansville, Ind./Central) sank all 10 of his foul shots, scored 15 points and handed out a game-best eight assists. Deandrey Robinson (Peoria, Ill./Peoria) and Tyler Houston (Knoxville, Ill./Knoxville) each added 14 points for Sandburg.

Robinson also led all players with eight rebounds, and Houston, a transfer from Black Hawk, went 4 of 7 from long range and had five assists against his former team. All 11 Chargers saw action, with 10 of them recording at least one field goal.

Sandburg shot 57 percent from the field in building a 51-38 halftime lead, then opened the second half on an 11-3 spurt to open up a 21-point advantage. The Chargers’ biggest lead of the night was 25 points, at 96-71.

“It was just one of those nights where we executed well everywhere on offense,” Chargers coach Ryan Twaddle said. “We were aggressive with the ball and shared it well to create open shots for other guys.”

Conner Fuller paced the Braves (6-14, 1-3) with 22 points on 9-of-17 shooting. Blake Maris hit five 3s and finished with 17 points for Black Hawk.

Sandburg will put its unbeaten conference mark on the line at 7 p.m. Thursday at Highland, which entered its game Tuesday at Sauk Valley with a 2-0 record against Arrowhead opponents.

Follow Sandburg Athletics on Twitter

Like Sandburg Athletics on Facebook

Press Contact

Aaron Frey