Regal's late jumper give Lakeland two-point win
Athletics - posted on 12/10/2009
SHEBOYGAN - Sophomore Josh Regal's jumper with 2.5 seconds remaining gave the Lakeland men's basketball team a 68-66 victory over Northern Athletics Conference rival Edgewood on Thursday evening at Moose & Dona Woltzen Gymnasium.
With the win, the Muskies (4-3 overall, 3-0 NAC) sit alone atop the NAC North Division and have won three consecutive contests.
Regal, a guard from Suring, Wis., took a ball screen on the right wing from sophomore forward Jake Schwarz and hit a leaning, 10-foot jumper going glass, sending the Lakeland bench and fans into a frenzy.
"We noticed that Edgewood had a hard time guarding a ball screen going away from the middle, so we set it up that way," Lakeland coach Aaron Aanonsen said. "We just wanted to let Josh or Jake make a play. Both of them showed throughout the game that big players make big plays."
Edgewood (3-4, 2-1) heaved a last-second 3-pointer from 25 feet out, but it hit the backboard without drawing iron.
Schwarz (Sheboygan, Wis.) finished with a game-high 37 points and seven rebounds after a monster first half, in which he shot 13-of-15 on his way to 32 points, which is believed to be a school record for one half.
"Jake played one of the best individual games I've coached in," Aanonsen said. "He had two people on him at all times, but didn't turn it over and was unselfish with the ball. He had one of the best games of his career at both ends of the floor."
Lakeland and Edgewood cooled off after each shooting over 55 percent in the first. Both squads shot 36 percent from the field in the second period.
The Muskies took their largest lead of the game, 63-54, at the 10:05 mark following a jumper by sophomore Brandon Young (Milwaukee, Wis.). However, the Eagles scored on the ensuing possession and made a 9-0 run to tie the contest with 5:08 remaining.
The two teams struggled offensively the rest of the way. Schwarz tied the game at 66-66 with a pair of free throws at the 1:55 mark. An empty possession by Edgewood, in which it missed three shots despite a pair of offensive rebounds, gave the Muskies the ball with 35 seconds remaining.
The Eagles knocked down seven 3-pointers in the first half to offset Schwarz's stellar performance and remain within two heading into the locker room.
"The basket looked like a hula hoop to Edgewood in the first half," Aanonsen said. "They hit some tough shots. We made some defensive adjustments at the half and they shot much worse in the second."
Besides Schwarz, no other Lakeland player scored in double figures, but four players had at least six points. The Muskies' bench outscored the Eagles' reserves 17-2.
Lakeland returns to action this Sunday at Concordia Chicago. Tip-off is set for 1:30 p.m. in River Forest, Ill.
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