Lakeland's season ends with loss
Athletics - posted on 2/24/2009
The Lakeland men's basketball team fell behind midway through the first half and was unable to recover, dropping a 90-73 contest at Concordia Chicago in the Northern Athletics Conference Challenge Game at River Forest, Ill.
The Muskies, who finished fifth in the NAC North Division, conclude their season with a 10-game losing streak.
After freshman forward Jake Schwarz's jumper gave Lakeland (10-15) a one-point lead, the Cougars blitzed the Muskies for a 10-0 run, taking a 24-13 lead on their way to a 35-21 lead heading into the locker room.
"They pounded us down low and got some good, easy looks," Lakeland coach Aaron Aanonsen said. "Our post players got into some early foul trouble, and we were short-handed at those spots to begin with."
Concordia Chicago (10-14), the South Division's fifth-place team, shot 60 percent from the field and 82.8 percent from the free throw line, including a 22-for-26 mark from the charity stripe in the second half. The Muskies converted just under 37 percent of their shots.
"Concordia got some good looks and shot well," Aanonsen said. "We've had problems lately on the defensive end, allowing opponents to get open looks."
The Muskies did close the gap to 10 points at the 1:28 mark of the second half, after CUC led by as many as 27, following a 3-pointer by freshman guard Andrew Gussert (Crystal Falls, Mich.).
Freshman point guard Josh Regal (Suring) shot 11-of-22 and made four 3-pointers to finish with 28 points for Lakeland. Junior guard Khendal Andrews (Kankakee, Ill.) posted 13 points, while Schwarz (Sheboygan) registered 11 points and a team-high seven rebounds.
Youth and injuries proved to be too much down the stretch for Lakeland, which had just one senior on its roster and only 10 players available by the season's end.
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