IHCC crushes Iowa Western 107 to 88
The start of the second half of Wednesday's game with third-ranked Iowa Western looked eerily similar to No. 6 Indian Hills' last game, at Southeastern, last Saturday night.
In the game with SCC, the Warriors held a nine-point halftime lead, but turnovers and cold shooting allowed the Blackhawks to come back and knock off IHCC.
Against Iowa Western, Indian Hills was up by eight at intermission and immediately stretched the lead to 10 in the second half.
The Reivers twice cut the deficit to two, but didn't get any closer, and this time the Warriors held on to their advantage and went on to drill IWCC, 107-88, to pick up their 20th win of the year, and their second in three conference games.
Just as they did against SCC, the Warriors were shaky at the outset of the second half.
Sophomore guards Lester Medford and Roderick Bobbitt made sure there wasn't a repeat of the previous game, however, as they combined to score 29 second-half points to allow IHCC to hold off Iowa Western and tie the Reivers for second place in the league, a game behind SCC.
After Iowa Western got to within 55-53, IHCC scored seven quick points.
Bobbitt had three free throws and Medford a basket in the run.
Medford later added a key steal and layup with the Reivers still trailing by only seven points, and he added two 3-pointers and four free throws after that, on his way to a team-high 23 points.
Bobbitt scored 21 with 15 of those coming in the final 20 minutes.
Indian Hills held Iowa Western's leading scorer, Dinjihl Walker, to just one point.
Deshawn Munson led the Reivers with 25 and Darien Williams added 24. But Munson committeed 10 turnovers -- the Reivers had 26 -- and Williams was only 7-for-23 from the field.
The Warriors won the opening tip and Medford immediately drilled a 3-pointer, part of an early 7-0 spurt by IHCC.
The lead was one point when Indian Hills used back-to-back 3s by Marcus Posley and Medford and dunks by Akolda Manyang and Roosevelt Scott to sprint away to a 21-10 lead.
For the rest of the half, Iowa Western couldn't get closer than seven points.
They shot only 32 percent in the half and 37 percent for the game.
Quevyn Winters paced the Warriors in the first half with 12 points and he finished with 17.
Winters made three of IHCC's 11 3s in the game.
With 241 3-pointers for the season, the Warriors are only six away from tying the school record.
Indian Hills has won eight straight games with Iowa Western and has beaten the Reivers 14 consecutive times at the Hellyer Center, where IHCC is 17-0 this season.
Indian Hills plays its next two contests, both conference games, on the road.
The Warriors are at Marshalltown Saturday night and Northeast (Neb.) next Wednesday.