By Paige Carswell
Staff reporter

Any hope the Ottawa Braves had of knocking off the Builders for the second time this season faded completely midway through the second half of Thursday evening’s game.

The Braves stuck close in the first half, but Southwestern pounded in 50 points in the second to roll over Ottawa with a final score of 85-63.

The Builders never trailed the entire second half and led by as 24. They pulled down 41 rebounds for the game, hit a .508 field goal percentage and had four men reach double digit scoring.

The men hadn’t beat a team by over 20 points since December, and were slammed by Ottawa 90-73 just a month ago.

They were led in scoring by Marcus Batiste, senior forward, with 21 points. Tim Miser, senior guard, finished with 15 points, Jason McCormack, senior guard, had 13 points, and Justin Diggles, senior guard, had 11 points. Travis Thurau, junior forward, finished with eight points and seven rebounds.

They travel to Tabor College Saturday to take on the sixth-place Bluejays. Their last home game will be Feb. 18 against Bethany.

Paige Carswell is a junior majoring in journalism. You may e-mail her at