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Defense Leads to Sterling Victory
November 16, 2010
Sterling, Kan. - The Sterling College Men's Basketball Team scored on their opening possession in Tuesday night's game against Hastings College and never relinquish the lead, beating the Broncos 82-68 in front of the home crowd in the Gleason Center. Defense was the key for Sterling, as the Warriors scored 34 points off of turnovers in the game compared to Hastings' 18 points off of turnovers.
In the first half, Sterling was dominant. The Warriors held Hastings to 37.0% from the field and only allowed ten field goals. The defensive pressure put on by the Warrior guards in the half court frustrated and confused the Hastings ball handlers and resulted in easy baskets on the fast break for Sterling. At the half, Sterling held a 43-27 lead.
Hastings played much better in the second half. The Broncos shot 45.5% from behind the three point arc in the second half and started to draw fouls on the aggressive Sterling defense. Sterling was unable to adjust to the more aggressive Bronco offense and put Hastings on the line 19 times in the period. Hastings converted 14 of the 19 free throws. However, Sterling continued to get easy shots in the second half and shot 51.9% from the field. Hastings was never able to completely neutralize the Warrior pressure and Sterling won easily 82-68.