Geoff Salas, senior guard, slams it in. Salas ended the night with 23 points, as the Builders defeated Spurgeon College 109-67. (Daegiona Wilson/ Staff photographer)

Cooper Pierce, junior guard, waits for a chance to pass. Pierce played a total of 12 minutes during the game. (Lauren Sieh/Staff photographer)Steele Gaston-Chapman, freshmen guard, passes the ball to a teammate. Gaston-Chapman was one of two players to have two steals during the game. (Lauren Sieh/Staff photographer)Braylon Steen, junior guard, shoots for a free throw. Steen scored 25 points during the game, which was the most on the team. (Lauren Sieh/Staff photographer)The Moundbuilders surround, Matt O’Brien, head coach, during a time out. Many timeouts were called during the game due to Spurgeon College putting up a tough fight. (Lauren Sieh/Staff photographer)Troy Baker, senior forward, shoots the ball. Baker led the team in rebounds with 13. (Lauren Sieh/Staff photographer)Noah Webster, senior guard, goes for a layup as two Spurgeon Knights try to block. Webster was one of two players who played 29 minutes during the game. (Lauren Sieh/Staff photographer)Geoffrey Salas, senior guard, shoots the ball for a free throw. Salas scored the second most points on the team, 23. (Lauren Sieh/Staff photographer)Cooper Pierce, junior guard, goes for a layup. Pierce scored a total of four points and three rebounds. (Lauren Sieh/Staff photographer)Students in the student section jingle their keys. This was a signal for the other time to get in the bus as the Moundbuilders exceed 100 points. (Lauren Sieh/Staff photographer)

By Brad Cagle

Staff reporter

Men’s basketball held their season opener on Oct. 20 against Spurgeon College. It was a lopsided battle with the builders winning 109-67.

Southwestern had five players who recorded double digit points during the game.

The game’s leading scorer was Braylon Steen, junior guard, who scored 25 points. This season is Steen’s first season playing for Southwestern after redshirting last season.

“It feels really good to be out there and get our first win and get some jitters out, but we are not going to get complacent and keep our minds focused on our goals ahead,” said Steen.

He also is determined to keep being working hard and driving his teammates to do the same.

Matt O’Brien, head coach, said adjustments were made during the game that helped spark the team pulling away in the second half.

“We didn’t make too many adjustments, our guys shook off the little bit of rust they may have had and got back to what they are known to do”, said O’Brien.

The men’s basketball team looks very good going into this season and look to play Calvary College on Oct. 23 at Stewart Field House.