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Freshman forward Justin Ward (Wisconsin Dells, Wis.) scored a career-high 14 points off the bench, but it wasn't enough as the Lakeland College men's basketball team suffered an 84-74 loss to UW-Stout Thursday night.
The Muskies (3-6) played well in the first half, shooting 42.4 percent from the field including hitting 7 of 18 three pointers and took a 39-35 lead into halftime.
The Blue Devils (6-5) wouldn't go without a fight as they started the second half on a 5-0 run to take the lead. The teams would trade shots throughout the second half, when the Muskies missed a three-point jumper and an uncontested layup down by two. The Blue Devils began to pull away hitting their final six free throws to take the game 84-74.
Lakeland head coach Aaron Aanonsen was pleased with the team's effort but knows there is work to be done.
"We had a chance down the stretch to take the lead but failed to hit the shots," said Aanonsen. "We need to finish under the basket. We didn't finish and our lack of execution at the end was the difference in the game."
Junior guards Josh Regal (Suring, Wis.) and Bobby Komorowski (Germantown, Wis.) posted 12 and 13 points respectively. Regal added a team-high seven rebounds and six assists.
Lakeland returns to action as they travel to Hancock, Mich. to face Finlandia University on Jan. 3. Tipoff is 6:30 p.m.