Muskies drop NAC road opener
Athletics - posted on 12/13/2009
The Lakeland men's basketball team suffered its first Northern Athletics Conference loss of the 2009-10 season, dropping an 82-72 decision at Concordia Chicago on Sunday afternoon in River Forest, Ill.
The Muskies (4-4 overall, 3-1 NAC) turned the ball over 16 times and surrendered 19 offensive rebounds, which led to 20 second-chance points by the Cougars.
Sophomore forward Jake Schwarz (Sheboygan, Wis.) led Lakeland in scoring for the fourth consecutive contest with a game-high 25 points to go along with a team-best seven rebounds.
Concordia Chicago (5-1, 3-0), which hadn't played since Dec. 1, put together a 16-0 run starting at the 8:25 mark of the first half to take a commanding 34-17 advantage.
Over the course of that run, which was extinguished by a Schwarz layup at the 2:51 mark, Lakeland committed three turnovers and missed four 3-pointers.
The Cougars wouldn't relinquish their double-digit lead until the waning moments of the game, when freshman Eric Strzok's layup pulled the Muskies to within nine with 17 seconds remaining.
Lakeland's bench, which outscored the Cougars' reserves 26-10, was led by senior guard Khendal Andrews, who had 17 points in 23 minutes of action.
A string of three consecutive 3-pointers by Andrews (Kankakee, Ill.) cut a 21-point CUC lead to 71-59 with just over three minutes left in regulation.
The Muskies' strong finish, however, came too late, as the team shot just 34.8 percent from the field in the first half to put itself in a 37-23 hole heading into the locker room.
Sophomore point guard Josh Regal (Suring, Wis.) added 12 points, six rebounds and a team-high five assists for the Muskies.
In a game marked by physical, aggressive play, the two teams combined for 43 fouls and 56 trips to the free throw line. Lakeland shot 20-of-27 (74.1 percent) from the charity stripe.
The Muskies return to non-conference play this Saturday, Dec. 19, against Beloit. Tip-off at Moose & Dona Woltzen Gymnasium is slated for 2 p.m.
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