Muskies Advance to NAC Tournament Semifinal
Athletics - posted on 2/20/2007
Junior Danny Ehnert scored his second straight double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds as the Muskies opened the Northern Athletics Conference men's basketball tournament with a 51-50 win over Wisconsin Lutheran in Milwaukee on Tuesday night.
"That's what makes the tournament so exciting whether it's Division I, Division II or Division III," said Lakeland head coach Kyle Brumett. "The atmosphere was great and the guys were excited to play."
The No. 5 seeded Muskies (16-10, 12-6 NAC) opened the contest on a 12-2 run and went into the locker room with a 28-15 advantage over the No. 4 seeded Warriors (15-11, 12-6 NAC).
In the second half, the Muskies led by as many as 16 points until the Warriors worked their way back into the contest. With just 40 seconds left in the game, the Warriors came within a point of the Muskies to make it a 49-48 ball game. That is as close as Warriors would get, sending the Muskies to the semifinal game.
The Muskies shot 34 percent for the entire game, 38 percent for the first half. They also had 43 rebounds for the contest.
"This wasn't the typical game we play," said Brumett. "We had to sit down, defend, and rebound."
Ehnert was solid in the contest, going 3-4 outside the arc. Senior Tyrone Coleman added six points and eight boards. Sophomore Matt Rogers and junior Shane Grube added nine and eight points, respectively.
"Danny was great on the boards," said Brumett. "He stepped up made three huge "3's" at times when we just had to make a basket. Tyrone was great on the glass, just as he has been the last two games. Pete Worth also did a great job defensively."
This is just the Muskies second win at Wisconsin Lutheran since 1998.
"It's a tough place to play," said Ehnert. "Our goal was to come in and get the big win so we could keep playing in this tournament."
The Muskies will now face the No. 1 seed Aurora in Aurora, Ill. on Friday night at 7 p.m. in semifinal action. The NAC Tournament final will be held on Saturday at 7 p.m. at the highest remaining seed's school.
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