DES MOINES — Southwestern men rebounded from a lopsided defeat last week to hold off Grand View JV Monday night, 68-64.
After falling 72-38 at North Central Missouri six days earlier, freshman Jack Harrison sparked a good start with the first seven points of the game Monday. The Spartans took control at the 13-minute mark of the first half on two layups by all-region sophomore Marquealis Edwards for a 25-15 lead.
Sophomore Luke Eblen of Creston kept the Vikings in the game in the first half, sinking three 3-pointers in a nine-point night. Southwestern led 39-31 at the break.
With about six minutes to go, Grand View cut it to 56-54.
“We answered with a Marcus Littleton 3-point goal to go back up five,” Holmes said. “Down the stretch we missed some free throws and they scrambled to get it to four.”
Holmes said Harrison had a good overall game with seven defensive rebounds. He and Edwards led the scoring. Official scoring statistics were not available.
The Spartans host Central Nebraska at 7 p.m. today.
“They have some players,” Holmes said. “They’re big and athletic and they play quick. It should be interesting.”