Andrews, Schwarz lift Muskies to huge road win
Athletics - posted on 1/20/2009
Junior Khendal Andrews scored 19 points and freshman Jake Schwarz hit a key jumper late in the game to lift the Lakeland men's basketball team to a crucial 64-61 victory at Northern Athletics Conference rival Concordia, Wis., on Tuesday night in Mequon.
With the Muskies (10-5, 4-3 NAC) trailing 61-60 with less than a minute left in the game,
Schwarz (Sheboygan) set a high ball screen for point guard Josh Regal. When Regal (Suring) was doubled, he hit Schwarz, who stroked a jumper just in front of the 3-point line with 27 seconds remaining to give Lakeland a 62-61 advantage, a lead it would not relinquish.
"It was all about getting stops in the last minute," Lakeland coach Aaron Aanonsen said. "On that particular offensive play, Regal made the extra pass to find Jake open, and that's a shot we want him to take. He has made big plays for us all season."
Andrews scored 19 points, including five
3-pointers, to lead the Muskies. The Kankakee, Ill., native had 16 of those points in the first half.
Despite the energetic, trapping defense of the Falcons (8-6, 6-2), Lakeland turned the ball over just 13 times in the game.
"They trapped all of our ball screens, and by halftime, we had eight turnovers," Schwarz said. "But in the second half, we really took care of the ball, and I think that's what won us the game."
Three other players scored in double-figures for Lakeland in the game. Schwarz, the Muskies' leading scorer, had 12 points to go along with six rebounds. Freshman forward Germell Heard (Milwaukee) posted 12 points and a team-high seven rebounds, while freshman guard Brandon Young (Milwaukee) scored a career-high 10 points.
Regal struggled with his shooting from the field, but scored eight points and had a career-high nine assists.
"We really took care of the basketball, and that was key," Aanonsen said. "Regal did some really nice things, and even though we didn't shoot particularly well, we were unselfish and made the extra pass."
Lakeland shot 39.1 percent from the field, while the Falcons shot 43.1 percent.
It wasn't the Muskies' finest performance in the grind-it-out, back-and-forth game, but players and coaches were happy to get the win over the NAC North Division's first-place team.
"This was a big win," Schwarz said. "We didn't play that well, but hopefully this carries over to our games on Thursday and Saturday."
Lakeland returns to action this Thursday at Rockford. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.
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