Pulaski freshman Mason Helton tallied his only point of the game with ten seconds remaining in the opening half, when he hit a free-throw to give the Maroons a 39-36 lead, which would be the score at the intermission.
The Warriors would attempt to make a comeback in the third stanza, but three points would be as close as they would get. A 9-2 Pulaski run would help separate the margin, as the game went from a one-point game to a nine-point game in the blink of an eye.
After three quarters of action, the Maroons held a seven-point, 55-48 advantage over Southwestern.
Much of the fourth quarter would be spent at the free-throw line, as there were a lot of fouls and much higher intensity level. As close Southwestern would get in the fourth quarter would be five points, but the margin would end at 14 points, as the Maroons came away with a 14-point win.
The Maroon coaching staff made some defensive adjustments that paid off in the end.
“I thought we played well,” stated Gover. “In the first half, we had a little trouble with Kapinga and Edwards one-on-one, but we made a couple of adjustments. I thought we did a much better job in the second half, as we kept them out of the lane. Overall, I think our defensive effort was pretty good.”
On the other side of the bench, second-year Warrior coach Steve Wright wasn’t too happy with his squad’s performance in the 14-point setback to the Maroons.
“It wasn’t very good,” said Wright, who saw his club fall to 12-3 on the year with the loss. “I just never thought that we got into any kind of rhythm offensively and our defense was really spotty. We had some good possessions and some real battles, but we just didn’t seem to be ourselves tonight. Yesterday (against Somerset), we did a lot of good things, but today, we just didn’t get into a rhythm.”