Muskies hold on, roll past Aurora in NAC
Athletics - posted on 1/22/2011
Freshman Justin Ward recorded his first collegiate double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Lakeland College men's basketball team a thrilling 72-70 victory over Northern Athletics Conference cross division foe, Aurora University, Saturday evening in the Moose & Dona Woltzen Gym.
The Muskies (10-7, 5-4 NAC) sparked a first-half run, led by Juniors Bobby Komorowski (Germantown, Wis.) and Jack Ridgway (Sioux Falls, S.D.), to go up 23-7 with 8:01 left in the half. Komorowski and Ridgway hit back-to-back 3-pointers and allowed Lakeland to take a 38-27 advantage heading into the locker room.
Komorowski went 6-of-11 from the floor to lead the game with 17 points. He added six rebounds in an up-tempo and rugged matchup with the Spartans. Ridgway recorded 15 points and added two rebounds.
Aurora, led by Ryan Crow's 15 points, made a late push in the second-half to make it a one-point game with only six seconds left in the game. Komorowski hit 1-of-2 free throws with a mere 4.3 seconds left to give Lakeland a two-point lead and ultimately, the 72-70 victory.
Lakeland forced 16 turnovers and was able to capitalize on the Spartans mistakes. Aurora went cold from the floor in the first half shooting only 30 percent while Lakeland shot 41.2 percent. For the game, Lakeland shot 40 percent from the field, 42.9 percent from behind the arc and 60 percent from the free throw line.
See what Lakeland head coach Aaron Aanonsen and Justin Ward (Wisconsin Dells, Wis.) had to say about the team's efforts. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tzeoMNVa92U
Lakeland returns to NAC action on Thursday, Jan. 27, as they travel to Watertown, Wis., to take on Maranatha Baptist Bible College. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m.
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