Muskies drop seventh straight
Athletics - posted on 2/11/2009
SHEBOYGAN - The Lakeland men's basketball team lost its seventh consecutive contest on Wednesday night, bowing out to Concordia, Wis., 65-51 in a Northern Athletics Conference battle at Moose & Dona Woltzen Gymnasium.
Lakeland (10-12, 4-10 NAC) kept it close in the first half, but allowed the Falcons to erupt for a 12-2 run in the first five minutes of the second half, falling behind 38-25 at the 15:07 mark.
"We came out soft, and weren't very aggressive offensively, which led to some easy baskets in transition for Concordia," Lakeland coach Aaron Aanonsen said.
The Muskies, who trailed 26-23 at the half, would narrow the lead to nine in the second after a jumper by freshman forward Jake Schwarz (Sheboygan) with 2:21 remaining, but it was too little, too late.
Concordia (11-11, 8-6) used a full-court press to force Lakeland into 13 first-half turnovers, but shot just 38.7 percent in the frame. The Falcons turned it around offensively in the second half, shooting 52 percent from the field and 9-of-15 from the free throw line.
"They were pressing us a little bit, over-playing and trapping once in a while," Aanonsen said. "We weren't very strong with the ball and that led to some turnovers."
Concordia led by as many as 17 points in the second half.
The Muskies were unable to find any type of rhythm offensively, shooting just 34 percent from the field and 63.2 percent from the charity stripe.
Junior guard Khendal Andrews (Kankakee, Ill.) led Lakeland with 13 points in a team-high 37 minutes of action. No other Lakeland scorer found double-digits.
Schwarz, freshman guard Josh Regal (Suring) and junior forward Anthony Cobb (Milwaukee) collected seven rebounds apiece for the Muskies.
The Muskies will look to turn it around against Marian in a crucial battle for fourth place in the NAC North Division, and one of the final spots in the conference tournament. Game-time this Saturday is set for approximately 4:15 in Fond du Lac.
"We just have to keep trying to get better," Aanonsen said.
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