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Spartans efficient in 83-60 win

Published: Friday, Dec. 7, 2012 11:09 a.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Dec. 7, 2012 11:09 a.m. CDT

STORM LAKE — The Southwestern men achieved a first in coach Mike Holmes’ career Wednesday night.

The Spartans had only two turnovers in whipping Buena Vista JV, 83-60.

“We turned it over two times in a college basketball game,” Holmes said. “To me, that’s a more interesting feat than a kid scoring 100 points in a game. That’s a team thing. You can’t manipulate that. I’ve never had that, high school or college. You are going to score some points when you can shoot it every possession.”

The Spartan defense, meanwhile, forced 22 turnovers for a huge difference in possession. The Beavers had 55 shot attempts, 19 fewer than Southwestern.

Sophomore Marquealis Edwards had a big overall game with a team-high 21 points, eight rebounds, six assists and four steals, while going 7-7 at the free throw line.

Freshman Jack Harrison contributed 17 points, including two 3-pointers. Guards Patrick Wright and Larry Mason were active with five steals and six rebounds, respectively. Wright also had 16 points.

The Spartans (4-5) will need the same efficient offense on Saturday in a visit to Division I Iowa Western Community College at Council Bluffs.

“They have freak athletes and really put a lot of pressure on you,” Holmes said. “There, you have to keep your turnovers under 10, or you can’t be competitive.”

BUENA VISTA JV (60) — Totals 26 3-6 60. 3-point goals — 5-24. Rebounds — 32. Turnovers 22.

SOUTHWESTERN (83) — Marquealis Edwards 21, Jack Harrison 17, Patrick Wright 16, Marcus Littleton 10, Delby Halcomb 8, Devin Kastrup 6, Larry Mason 4, Brett England 2. Totals — 34 14-17 83. FG shooting — 34-74 (45.9 percent). 3-point goals — 2-14 (Harrison 2). Rebounds — 29 (Edwards 8, Mason 6, Jared Theis 4).  Assists — 18 (Edwards 6, Littleton 3, Theis 3). Steals — 13 (Wright 5, Edwards 4, Littleton 2). Turnovers — 3.

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