Muskies surrender first-half lead, dropped in OT by buzzer beater
Athletics - posted on 1/22/2009
The Lakeland men's basketball team saw a 14-point first-half lead disappear less than five minutes in the second half and eventually fell in overtime, 71-69, at Rockford in a Northern Athletics Conference contest Thursday night.
The Muskies (10-6, 4-4 NAC) erased a four-point deficit in overtime when freshman forward Jake Schwarz (Sheboygan) put back a missed jumper by point guard Josh Regal with 15 seconds remaining.
However, on the ensuing possession, Rockford's Rennell Taylor made a 15-foot jumper at the buzzer to give the Regents (10-7, 5-4) the home win.
"[Rockford] held the ball until the last few seconds and Taylor made a tough shot with a hand in his face," Lakeland coach Aaron Aanonsen said.
With 3:24 remaining in the first half, junior guard Khendal Andrews (Kankakee, Ill.) gave Lakeland a 14-point lead, its largest of the game, with a 3-pointer. Rockford whittled the lead down to seven at the half, and took its first lead of the game at the 15:36 mark in the second half after a three by Taylor.
Regents guard Taylor Stinson burned the Muskies for five 3-pointers in the first half.
"We were shooting well to start the game, but we fell in love with the 3-pointer," Aanonsen said. "We let [Stinson] get a little too comfortable and they took some momentum into the half. I give Rockford a lot of credit, because they battled back."
Regal (Suring) led the Muskies with 16 points and six assists. Schwarz recorded a double-double with 14 points and a team-high 12 rebounds, while Andrews and freshman Brandon Young (Milwaukee) each chipped in with 11 points.
The Muskies shot 47.5 percent for the game and held Rockford to 42 percent from the field, but turned it over 17 times, including 10 after halftime.
Lakeland plays its third consecutive road game this Saturday at MSOE. Tip-off is set for approximately 8 p.m. following the conclusion of the Lakeland-MSOE women's contest.
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