The Southwestern athletic department just put up a brand new scoreboard. Hopefully, those new scoreboards carry a warranty, because the blue and orange blew them up last night in a 101-64 blowout against McCreary Central at the Wigwam.

The Warriors got off to a hot start when Kirby Mayer’s first three splashed down in the bottom of the net. Following Mayer’s trey, Jonathan Edwards and Dustin Fothergill connected on back-to-back threes, and the Warriors were off and rolling.

“I wanted to get out to a good start tonight,” said Southwestern head coach Dave Schulz.

“Not only did we get out to a great start, but we maintained that great start all game long. This was probably the best I have ever had a team shoot for an entire game,” added an impressed Schulz after the game.

Schulz was impressed with his team’s shooting exhibition with good reason. Reason being his Warriors put on a shooting clinic last night. Southwestern connected on 36-62 from the field, and a blistering 16-28 from the three-point line for an amazing 57 percent.

Southwestern’s Jonathan Edwards played a vital role in the Warriors’ hot shooting, finishing the evening with a game-high 39 points. Edwards torched the nets all game long, shooting 14-23 from the field, 7-12 from “Treyville” and 4-4 from the charity stripe. Edwards was so hot that he outscored the entire Raiders team in the first quarter by himself. And due to the Warriors’ hot shooting and Edwards tossing in 28 points in the first half, Southwestern headed to the locker room at halftime with a 51-37 lead.

That lead got nothing but bigger as the second half got under way. The Warriors started the third stanza with three straight three-pointers. The first of those came from Casey Dalton, immediately followed by Dustin Fothergill and T.W. Sears’ treys.

After two quick threes from Jonathan Edwards to end the third quarter, the Warriors had extended their lead to 72-53.

Things didn’t get much better for the Raiders in the fourth quarter. Southwestern opened up the fourth quarter of play on a 12-0 run. After Jonathan Edwards and Dustin Fothergill hit back-to-back threes, Casey Daugherty drove down the lane and connected on a finger role for two more Warrior points.

After Casey Dalton hit back-to-back lay-ups, the game was beginning to look like the Warriors not only had a blowout on their hands, but would also reach the century mark.

Reaching 100 points didn’t seem to be a problem at all for Southwestern last night. After David Gialdini connected on two free throws late in the fourth quarter, Kyle Rogers came away with a steal, taking the ball coast-to-coast for two more. After the Rogers’ basket, the Warriors dribbled out the remaining clock and walked off their home floor with a 101-64 victory.

The Warriors’ offense was obviously firing on all cylinders, but the defense was almost as good. Southwestern forced McCreary into 18 turnovers on the night, while the blue and orange only committed 10 for the game.

Although the Warriors coach was impressed with his offense last night, his team’s defensive performance had him excited as well.

“I was very pleased with our full-court defensive pressure tonight,” said Schulz.

“I thought we did a better job of keeping the ball in front of us, rather than gambling like we have been doing lately,” Schulz added.

However, that hard-nosed Southwestern defense came with a price. The price tag was that the game had to be stopped several times on the account of blood on the court. First, it was a Southwestern players leaving with a bloody lips, then a broken bloody nose, and to top all the injuries off, the Warriors also had players throwing up due to illness in the locker room at intermission.

Although the Warriors may have gotten a little banged up, it was the Raiders who were probably feeling sick to their stomach after being spanked by their new district opponents by 37 points.

It was the offensive efforts of the Edwards/Fothergill/Dalton trio that took care of the scoring, combining for 76 of the 101 points. However, it was a different Warrior altogether that took care of the other statistical categories.

“T.W. Sears gave us a great effort tonight,” said Schulz.

“He gave us a complete effort, big rebounds, defensive stops and a couple of assists. That is exactly the kind of performance we need from him. We need his talent for this team to be the best that it possibly can — and we need that effort out of him that we know he can consistently give us,” added Schulz.

The entire Southwestern team’s effort was on display last night, enabling the blue and orange to lock up the number one district seed. The Warriors will be back in action Tuesday, Jan. 31, when they travel to West Jessamine with game time set for 7:30 p.m.



SCORING SUMMARY

SW 33 18 21 29—101

MC 18 19 16 11—64



INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

SCORING

SW—Edwards 39, Dalton 22, Fothergill 15, Daugherty 8, Sears 7, Rogers 5, Mayer 3, Gialdini 2.

MC—Watts 27, Bartley 19, Waters 6, Gregory 5, Swiger 3, Hale 2.



REBOUNDING

SW—Dalton 7, Edwards 5, Sears 5, Fothergill 5, Rogers 3, Mayer 3, Daugherty 2, Cross 1.

MC—Watts 4, Hale 3, Gibson 3, Walters 2, Cox 2, Phillips 2, Swiger 2.



ASSISTS

SW—Daugherty 7, Fothergill 5, Dalton 4, Edwards 4, Mayer 3, Sears 2, Rogers 1.

MC—Swiger 5, Watts 4, Bartley 2, Hale 1, Gibson 1, Musgrove 1.



THREE-POINT FIELD GOALS

SW—Edwards 7, Fothergill 3, Dalton 2, Daugherty 1, Mayer 1, Sears 1, Rogers 1.

MC—Bartley 5, Watts 3.



**Stats provided by Warrior Media**

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