Muskies' season ends at Aurora
Athletics - posted on 2/23/2010
AURORA, Ill. - The Lakeland men's basketball team suffered an 86-56 setback at Aurora in a Northern Athletics Conference Tournament quarterfinal Tuesday night.
The seventh-seeded Muskies (12-14 overall) erased a 14-point halftime deficit, trailing just 41-35 with 15:04 remaining in the second half. However, the Spartans took control of the contest quickly and ran out to a commanding 73-43 advantage with 6:39 left in the game.
Aurora, the NAC South Division champion and tournament's No. 2 seed, moves on to play third-seeded MSOE at home in the semifinals on Thursday night. The Spartans shot 50 percent for the contest and 7-for-13 from 3-point range.
Lakeland, making its first appearance in the conference tournament under head coach Aaron Aanonsen, finished 35 percent from the field, including 31 percent in the first half to go along with 12 turnovers in the period.
Guard Khendal Andrews (Kankakee, Ill.), the Muskies' lone senior, led the team with 18 points on four 3-pointers in the final game of his career. Sophomore guard Josh Regal (Suring, Wis.) added 12 points and four rebounds.
Forwards Trevor McKown (Hot Springs, S.D.) and Germell Heard (Milwaukee, Wis.) chipped in with seven rebounds apiece.
The Spartans (16-10) gained momentum with a 12-0 run midway through the first half to turn a 15-14 deficit into an 11-point advantage at the 7:42 mark. Lakeland chipped away in the second half as Andrews scored eight points in the first three and a half minutes of the frame.
Aurora regained control with a barrage of lay-ups and 3-pointers as the Muskies struggled to convert on the other end.
Sophomore forward Jake Schwarz, the team's leading scorer, was sidelined for the fourth straight contest with a knee injury.
Lakeland finished 8-8 in league play during the regular season.
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