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MADISON, Wis. - Senior Josh Regal scored a game-high 29 points to erase an 18-point deficit at halftime, but the Lakeland College men's basketball team came up short in an 80-72 loss in the Northern Athletics Conference Tournament championship game Saturday afternoon in the Todd Wehr Edgedome.
The Muskies went on a 23-14 run in the opening minutes of the second half and took a 60-58 lead when Regal made a four-point play with 6:08 remaining in the championship game. The Eagles were quick to answer on an 8-0 run, sparked by senior Kent Faurote's four-point play and edged Lakeland down the stretch with clutch free throw shooting to earn the NAC's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament.
Lakeland ends its season 21-7 and it marks the program's second 20-plus win season since becoming an NCAA institution in 1997.
In the first half, the Muskies jumped out to an early 7-3 advantage behind five points from Regal, but Edgewood answered with a 9-4 run of its own to take a one-point, 12-11 lead. The Eagles used an inside game and out-rebounded the Muskies 27-16 to extend their lead to as many as 18 before settling on a 44-27 advantage heading into the locker room.
Defensively, Edgewood held Lakeland, which shoots 37.8 percent from 3-point range to just 23.1 percent. Junior Jake Schwarz got into foul trouble early in the game and sat the majority of the half. He finished the game with 14 points and eight rebounds.
Regal finished a prolific four-year career with 521 career assists to become second all time. He finished the game with four rebounds and steals and dished out two assists.
Faurote led Edgewood with a double-double, including 25 points and 13 rebounds.
Sophomore Justin Ward converts on a basket from Regal: http://youtu.be/SpL1ADJ2_is
See Regal's four-point here: http://youtu.be/oqLmzISEOns