#23 Scott Gowan, G, sophomore, Rockford East

Gowan, Chargers Ride Scorching 1st Half to Win vs. Rock Valley

The Carl Sandburg College men’s basketball team had five players finish in double figures and rode a red-hot first half to a 79-58 victory over Rock Valley on Saturday afternoon at John M. Lewis Gymnasium.

The Chargers (8-1) — among others receiving votes in the NJCAA Division II rankings — shot 63 percent (17 of 27) from the floor in the first half, including 9 of 12 from 3-point range against the Golden Eagles (5-5), last season’s national runner-up in Division III.


  • Trailing 19-16 midway through the first half, Sandburg erupted for a 17-0 run in a span of 5 minutes, 10 seconds and held a double-digit lead for the remainder of the game. Freshman Jean Luc Wilson (East Moline, Ill./United Township) started the run with a 3-pointer and scored eight of his 14 points during the game-turning stretch. The Chargers got field goals from four different players during the run.
  • Six Chargers hit 3s in the first half as they built a 45-26 lead at the break. Sandburg led by as much 24 in the second half.


Facing his hometown team, sophomore guard Scott Gowan (Rockford, Ill./Rockford East) matched Wilson for the team lead with 14 points, tied for the team lead with three steals and dished out a Sandburg-best five assists. He scored 11 in the first half on 4-of-4 shooting, with three of those coming from beyond the arc. Gowan added an NBA-range trey in the second half, finishing 5 of 8 from the floor and 4 of 6 from long distance.


  • Wilson scored 14, added four rebounds and had two assists.
  • Sophomore forward James Jones (Springfield, Ill./Lanphier) had 12 points, 2 assists and matched Gowan’s three steals.
  • Sophomore Carter Fayhee (Macomb, Ill./Macomb) had 12 points and four rebounds.
  • Freshman forward Cody Baer (Dunlap, Ill./Dunlap) finished with 11 points, four rebounds and two steals.


  • Michael McDermott 14 points
  • Ja’Quan Chestnut 13 points


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***Report Courtesy of Carl Sandburg College***

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