Schwarz, Regal propel Muskies to last-second win
Athletics - posted on 2/6/2010
SHEBOYGAN - Forward Jake Schwarz's tip-in at the buzzer gave the Lakeland men's basketball team a 70-69 victory over Dominican Saturday in a Northern Athletics Conference match-up at Moose & Dona Woltzen Gymnasium.
Dominican held a 69-68 advantage as Marquis Turley, who entered the game as the league leader in free throw percentage, missed a pair of free throws, giving the Muskies (10-11 overall, 7-6 NAC) the ball back with just under eight seconds remaining under the DU basket.
Following a timeout, sophomore guard Josh Regal raced up the floor, missing a running, contested lay-up. The ball came off to Schwarz, who tipped the ball over the rim and through the net as the buzzer sounded, sending the Lakeland bench and crowd into a frenzy.
"We wanted to spread things out and let Regal create without a ball screen," Lakeland coach Aaron Aanonsen said. "We always emphasize going to the glass, and Jake made a great play.
"Jake continues to come up big down the stretch for us."
Lakeland is now tied for second in the NAC North Division, one game behind leader Concordia, Wis.
Regal (Suring, Wis.) knocked down a fadeaway 3-pointer with nine seconds remaining to bring Lakeland within one. He finished with 13 points in the contest.
Schwarz, a sophomore from Sheboygan, Wis., posted game-highs of 25 points and 18 rebounds, which also ties his career high.
Neither team led by more than seven in the tightly-contested, rugged battle, or shot over 42 percent from the field. A total of 35 fouls were assessed between the two squads, including one technical.
"Dominican forces match-up issues because they are so quick and athletic," Aanonsen said. "I'm proud of our guys because we chipped away and found a way to win even though we didn't start well out of the gates."
In the first half, the Stars (7-13, 5-7) turned nine offensive rebounds into 15 second-chance points, taking a 37-35 advantage at half.
The Muskies, who outscored Dominican 38-20 in the paint, aggressively crashed the boards in the second half, turning 11 offensive rebounds into 13 second-chance points.
Lakeland also turned the Stars' 13 turnovers into 21 points.
Germell Heard added 11 points and four rebounds in 17 minutes off the bench for the Muskies.
"I thought Germell was very aggressive," Aanonsen said. "I also thought (freshman guard) P.J. (Marion) gave us a nice defensive effort in the second half on Turley, who is among the leaders in the conference in scoring."
Lakeland returns to action Wednesday at rival Concordia, Wis., in a battle of the top two teams in the NAC North Division. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. in Mequon.
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