Men's Basketball Drops Heartbreaker In Season Opener
Nov. 21, 2003
The Lakeland College Men's Basketball Team lost a 79-77 squeaker to DePauw University (IN) in the Transylvania Tip-Off Classic in Kentucky Friday evening.
Lakeland led 36-35 at the break but was outscored 44-41 in the second half for the final margin. DePauw outscored the Muskies 30-12 from three-point territory and held off a furious Lakeland rally for the difference.
Senior Cory Nickel's free throw made it 79-77 with 23 seconds to go but he was called for charging with 2 seconds left in the game while driving to the basket on Lakeland's final possession. The Muskies had trailed 66-55 with 9 minutes to play.
The Muskies were led by the strong inside play of senior Morten Smiedowicz and junior Eric Wilbee. Smiedowicz scored 29 points (connecting on a whopping 17 of 20 free throw attempts), and grabbed 6 rebounds, while Wilbee added 13 points and 8 boards. Nickel added 17 points while four DePauw players were in double figures.
DePauw shot 43 percent from the field, including 38.5 percent from long range, while Lakeland was at 44 percent, hitting just four of 17 from three-point range.
The Muskies had to play without starters Ricky Davis and Nick Zeck. Davis, last year's Player of the Year in the Lake Michigan Conference, is out 4-6 weeks with a broken foot. Zeck just completed playing football for Lakeland and has hardly practiced at all yet - in fact he didn't even make the trip.
Lakeland will play Transylvania in the consolation game tomorrow at 1pm. Transy lost 72-64 to UW-Whitewater in the late game Friday night.