Nick Thompson hit what looked like a 3 for Rushford-Peterson at :08.6 to tie it up at 45. But wait, the officials reviewed the call and called it a 2. So after an RP timeout, Top shot 1 + 1 and hit the 1st as he had done 16 seconds earlier. This time he missed the 2nd, but Thompson missed a possible game-winning 3 and Zach Huisken grabbed the board.
Both teams started very slowly in the 2nd half, RP at 1-of-4 and SWC 1-of-7 FG attempts through the 13:00 mark. Each team was looking for a spark. RP thought it might be Nick Thompson's put-back at 12:03. SWC thought it might be a steal and assist by Klint Knutson and a fast break bucket by Andrew
Top at 11:37. But 90 seconds later it was still a 6-point RP lead.
Then at the 8 minute mark Zach Huisken scored on a put-back, and Eric Talsma did not same for an + 1 to get within 34-33. Then it was Dominick Nibbelink scored on a home run pass after a defensive rebound by Huisken and SWC was within one again at at 36-35, and a Nibbelink 3 gave SWC their 1st lead of the 2nd half. Trent Vix countered with a 3 of his own yo put RP back up 39-38. The 2 teams traded leads until SWC went up 45-42 on a pair of FT by Andrew Top at :24.
RP leads SWC 28-22 at the half. The story so far is Nick Thompson and Trent Vix with 21 of RP's 28 points, and the inability of SWC to get 6-9 Zach Huisken involved in the offense. He's got 7 boards but only 1 FG and 3 points. RP is shooting 42 percent, SWC 26. All else is pretty even.
What is mystifying about SWC is how seldom they look for the 6-9 Huisken.