Lakeland edges MacMurray 72-70 in overtime
Athletics - posted on 11/25/2008
SHEBOYGAN - The Lakeland men's basketball team showed its youth and inexperience on Tuesday night, but made enough plays in the end to pull out a 72-70 home victory in overtime over MacMurray College at Moose & Dona Woltzen Gymnasium.
The biggest play of the night came from freshman point guard Josh Regal. After a free throw put the Highlanders ahead 61-58 with 24 seconds left in regulation, Regal brought the ball down, split a pair of defenders and drove the lane. The Suring native went up for a layup underneath a defender and tossed the ball over his shoulder towards the basket. The ball went off the glass and through the net, with Regal drawing a foul in the process.
The play forced overtime, where the two teams traded baskets during the five-minute period. The Muskies took the lead permanently on a pair of free throws by Regal with 18 seconds remaining in the game.
"Josh made a great play by splitting the ball screen and finding the lane," Lakeland head coach Aaron Aanonsen said of the final offensive play in regulation. "He had a tough, freshman-type night, but was able to fight through it and make a play."
Regal finished with 11 points despite shooting 3-for-15 from the field with four turnovers.
After taking a 25-3 lead just under nine minutes into the game, the Muskies (2-0) gave it all back when MacMurray's Frederick Miller tied the game at 34-all with 16:29 left in the second half.
Lakeland confused the Highlanders (0-4) early in the game by switching between man-to-man and zone defensive looks for the game's first 10 minutes.
"We came out and had great ball pressure, we were playing the gaps and played solid team defense," Aanonsen said. "From there on out, it was five individuals playing out there."
The Muskies struggled against MacMurray's zone defense in the second half, shooting just 28.6 percent in the frame while surrendering 10 turnovers in the process.
"My hat goes off to MacMurray," Aanonsen said. "They played hard and confident."
The two teams combined for 53 fouls in the game, with four Muskie players fouling out in the contest.
Freshman forward Germell Heard (Milwaukee) was one of those players, but finished with 21 points on 9-of-13 shooting, and seven rebounds, to lead the Muskies.
"We're excited about Germell's athleticism in the post," Aanonsen said. "He made some big shots and grabbed some huge rebounds for us tonight."
The Muskies held MacMurray to 36.4 percent shooting and fought through a 31-point, 14-rebound effort from Highlander guard Frederick Miller.
Lakeland opens its Northern Athletics Conference slate next Tuesday when the team heads to Maranatha Baptist. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.
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