ABOVE: Steele Gaston-Chapman, freshman guard, finishes a fast break with an easy lay-up. The Builders defeated the Spires by a final score of 82-63. (RJay McCoy/Staff photographer)
By Taylor Rodriguez
The men’s basketball team beat Saint Mary 82-63 in today’s game.
The game began after a couple of successful 2 point shots put up by Tony Kinser, junior forward. Quick to react, Saint Mary responded with a 6-4 lead with 18 minutes left in the half.
Soon after, Southwestern has a break away and puts the score up to 17-6 about halfway through the first half.
The remainder of the first half is back and forth as the two teams battle to get a lead over the other. At three minutes left in the half Zhahidi Robinson, sophomore guard, further extended the lead with a three point shot.
Southwestern went into the second half of the game 36-31 with a 5 point lead.
At the start of the second half Steele Gaston-Chapman, freshman guard, and Troy Baker, senior forward, find success on the hoop bringing the score to 40-32.
Halfway through the second half Braylon Steen, junior guard makes two successful free throws and immediately after scores a three-pointer, further extending the lead.
Southwestern capitalized on free throws, extending to a 15 point lead with a minute left in the half.
Gaston-Chapman and Robinson close out the game with another four points, bringing the final score to 82-63, nearly a 20 point lead.
Southwestern made just over half of their shots at 50.8% and 100% of their free throws at 7-7.
Robinson and Gaston-Chapman lead the team in points with 20 apiece, and Steen, a reserve, followed shortly behind 16.
This is the last game of the regular season.