By THE HERALD-WHIG
The Culver-Stockton College men's basketball team has given the Heart of America Athletic Conference early notice: The Wildcats plan to contend for the conference crown.
C-SC defeated Avila 89-65 on Saturday at Charles Field House in Canton, Mo. The Wildcats moved to 2-0 in the HAAC for the first time since they 2001-02 season, when they opened 9-0.
C-SC, 7-2 overall, posted a 63-44 rebounding advantage and collected 20 offensive rebounds.
James Johnson led C-SC with 20 points and Austin Keaton added 16. CJ Adams scored 12 points and grabbed a game-high 16 rebounds.
The Wildcats' bench also was productive, scoring 27 points -- led by nine from Jermaine Jones.
John Wood Community College 76, Black Hawk East 47: The Trail Blazers shot 52 percent (33 of 63) from the field and blitzed the Warriors 39-19 in the first half to earn a home victory.
JWCC had balance on offense, with 12 players scoring. A'Darius Porter led the Blazers with 12 points. Kourtlin Jackson had seven rebounds and Porter and Tim Goodwin grabbed six each.
Hannibal-LaGrange University 81, St. Ambrose 74: The Trojans avenged their season-opening loss to the Fighting Bees with a victory at home.
HLGU jumped out a 14-point lead in the first half and led 40-30 at halftime.
The Trojans shot 56 percent from the field and were 19 of 27 at the free throw line. The Fighting Bees held a 32-27 rebounding advantage.
Arii Meuel led HLGU with 21 points and six assists. Jurgen Lico scored 16 points off the bench for the Trojans and Tony Ardison added 13.
HLGU's largest lead came with 9 minutes, 11 seconds left in the game when Ardison scored in the paint to put the Trojans up 58-41.
HLGU 64, Grand View 49: A 20-point effort from Ashleigh Spencer wasn't enough to produce a win for the Lady Trojans (3-4).
The Lady Trojans missed their first nine shots and found themselves in a 16-0 hole. HLGU didn't score until a layup by Spencer at the 12:48 mark.
Grand View (5-2) put together a 12-0 run to gain a 28-2 advantage and HLGU entered halftime trailing 39-19.
Avila 70, C-SC 59: Avila used an 11-2 run in the second half to pull away from the Wildcats in Heart of America Athletic Conference action in Canton, Mo.
Shelsey Staley led C-SC with 12 points, all coming in the first half. Randi Lee Plunkett added 11 points and Lisa Plattner chipped in 10.