Muskies Rout Maranatha, 85-56
Athletics - posted on 2/15/2007
Matt Rogers finished with 17 points and seven rebounds and the Lakeland men's basketball team moved closer to a conference tournament berth with an 85-56 win over Maranatha Baptist on Thursday night.
Lakeland (14-10, 11-6 NAC) was up just six after eight minutes of the game, but the Muskies managed to stretch the lead to 42-28 going into halftime.
The Muskies then jumped out to a 74-40 lead midway through the second half and cruised the rest of the way for an easy win over the Crusaders (3-20, 0-17 NAC).
Kris Saiberlich rebounded from a 3-for-14 shooting night on Tuesday to score 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting.
"Kris came out of a bit of a shooting slump," said head coach Kyle Brumett. "I liked his look tonight. He played hard and was really trying to defend."
Despite the win, the Muskies turned the ball over 17 times, 12 of which came in the first half.
"Even though we won, I don't think our team showed great concentration," said Brumett. "We also missed a lot of easy baskets."
Senior Tyrone Coleman finished with eight points and seven rebounds in just his fourth start of the season.
"The season probably hasn't gone exactly how Tyrone drew it up," said Brumett, "but regardless of the amount of time he plays, he's going to the glass. Inserting him into the starting lineup adds a lot to our rebounding effort.
The Muskies grabbed 18 offensive rebounds on their way to out-rebounding the Crusaders 51-32.
"We're a team that can out-rebound anyone in this league," Brumett said. "We don't always do it, but we're certainly capable of it."
Lakeland has one more game remaining in the regular season. They will host Marian with the hopes a win may bring them a home game in the conference tournament. Tip-off is scheduled for 4:15 p.m.
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